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Rep. Zeldin Announces Hire More Heroes Act Signed Into Law

August 6, 2015
Press Release

Patchogue, NY – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY-1), member of the House Veterans’ Affairs committee, announced today that the Hire More Heroes Act, which the Congressman strongly supported and cosponsored in the House of Representatives, was signed into law by President Obama.

The Hire More Heroes Act, which passed the House unanimously on January 6, 2015, allows employers to exclude veterans who already receive health insurance through the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs from the employer mandate, a key provision of Obamacare, which requires all businesses with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance to any full time worker.

Under law, veterans who already receive health insurance through the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs were still counted towards the employer mandate. The Hire More Heroes Act will now allow those veterans to be excluded from this count. This new law incentivizes businesses to hire more veterans, while providing our small businesses with much-needed relief from Obamacare.

“My first day in Congress, I voted for the Hire More Heroes Act, which will help our Long Island veterans obtain jobs and financial security, encouraging small businesses to hire veterans, while providing local employers with relief from burdensome requirements under Obamacare,” said Congressman Zeldin. “I was proud to cosponsor and support this legislation and announce that this critical piece of legislation for our veterans has now become law. Fighting for our veterans who fought for us has always been one of my top priorities, and I will continue to support any measures that will further protect our veterans.”

President of Citizens for Veterans in Government, Steve Raiser said, “The Hire More Heroes Act is yet another reason why businesses will benefit greatly by hiring more veterans.  We are grateful to Congressman Zeldin for seeing this legislation through and standing up for our veterans.”

Executive Director of Long Island State Veterans Home, Fred Sganga said, “It’s great to see Congressman Zeldin’s common sense approach to an issue that will greatly assist veterans and their families as well as small businesses. Lee’s commitment to our military veterans is a priority and he is clearly committed to things getting done in Washington D.C. on behalf of America’s heroes. Thank you Congressman Zeldin for your outstanding efforts for veterans in Suffolk County and the rest of our great nation.”

The Home Care Association of York State (HCA) “applauds Congressman Zeldin for working to champion important legislation that encourages simultaneous health coverage and small business employment opportunities for veterans. HCA is currently involved in a state process seeking to address ‘social determinants of health,’ of which employment is key factor correlating to health. The Congressman’s legislation is cutting-edge in its combined support of both employment and health, and in it’s great benefit to our veterans.”

"My son had trouble finding work when he returned from Iraq, the Hire More Heroes Act will certainly help!,” said Dennis O'Donnell, Proud Father to Sgt. Sean O'Donnell US Army NG.