Congressman Hanna shows support for Volunteer Fire Fighter health benefits

By WKTV News

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - Congressman Richard Hanna stopped by the New Hartford Fire Department, Wednesday, to show his support for a bill that protects volunteer firefighters Obamacare rights.
The Bill, which has already passed the house and is awaiting Senate approval, would recognize the volunteers, who are labeled as full-time employees, and therefore would require their departments to provide health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
"Fire Departments are given a budget by their village and towns every year," said 2nd Assistant Fire Chief at NHFD, Scott Nicotera. "With something of this nature, that money would get funneled away when trying to provide healthcare.
"We're concerned because the services and the equipment and training, everything that goes into serving a community would be compromised."

In New York, 95% of all fire companies depend on volunteers. Should Fire Departments lose that money, Hanna stated that he felt it could discourage volunteerism. 

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