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Obama Directs that Wildland Firefighters be Offered Health Insurance

07/10/2012
President Barack Obama has directed federal officials to offer season firefighters the option of purchasing federal health insurance coverage, reports The Denver Post. On a a recent trip to Colorado Springs, the president was apparently moved by the men and women firefighters he met, senior administration officials said in an interview Tuesday. When he returned to Washington, he told his cabinet that he wanted to "find a solution" for the hundreds of workers toiling in dangerous conditions without the option to buy in to federal insurance. The temporary seasonal workers who descend into fire zones are usually young people who work sundry outdoor jobs, depending on the season. ...

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