Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Vestal Fire Department received support from Congressman Richard Hanna who said the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is hurting volunteer departments.
Under Obamacare, employers with fifty or more employees are obligated to provide health insurance or pay penalties. That includes volunteer departments like Vestal and other emergency response teams.
95-percent of fire companies in New York State depend on volunteers.
Congressman Hanna calls this portion of Obamacare yet another piece to a puzzle that’s not working.