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City: Volunteer firefighters’ hours may have to be reduced due to Obamacare
BURLINGTON, Wash. -- An unintended consequence of the Affordable Care Act has volunteer firefighters in the cross-hairs. Fire departments across the state rely on those volunteers, but now there’s a question about whether cities will now have to pony up for their health insurance. The Burlington Fire Department has nine full-time employees and 30 volunteers on the roster. If the department has to pay for those volunteers’ health insurance, it would eat up nearly half of the yearly budget, Fire Chief David Nielson said Friday.