US House Passes Bill to Encourage Hiring of Veterans

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill unanimously yesterday (January 6, 2015), that will encourage more companies — especially smaller businesses — to hire Veterans.

The legislation, HR 22, allows companies — for purposes of ACA reporting guidelines — to not count Veterans who receive health insurance through their military retirement, or TRICARE.

The Hire More Heroes Act was placed at the top of the new House of Representatives’ legislative agenda, and has now received unequivocal bipartisan support. Similar legislation was passed in the House last year, but it did not make it to the floor for a vote in the Senate.

“Employers, particularly those who are borderline between small and large company status, get incentive to hire veterans, who bring so many assets to the table as employees,” said Ian de Planque, legislative director for the American Legion. “This kind of legislation ensures they aren’t punished for opting for the health care system they earned through their sacrifice.”

Lawmakers in the House are hopeful this legislation will pass with equal speed and unanimity in the Senate.