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Volunteer Firefighting: How Will Obamacare Affect Volunteer Firefighters? - Fire Engineering

Some officials and organizations are worried about the effects that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a Obamacare) will have on volunteer fire departments across the nation. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has already raised concerns about the fact that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has determined that for tax purposes, volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel are "employees" of the agencies that they serve, and therefore these agencies may have to provide health insurance for them or face a tax penalty. The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), which represents U.S. fire chiefs, is also seeking clarification about IRS treatment of vo...

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