SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
- This Act may be cited as the `Hire More Heroes Act of 2015'.
SEC. 2. EMPLOYEES WITH HEALTH COVERAGE UNDER TRICARE OR THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION NOT TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN DETERMINING EMPLOYERS TO WHICH THE EMPLOYER MANDATE APPLIES UNDER PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.
- (a) In General- Section 4980H(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following:
- `(F) EXEMPTION FOR HEALTH COVERAGE UNDER TRICARE OR
THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION- Solely for purposes of determining whether
an employer is an applicable large employer under this paragraph for
any month, an individual shall not be taken into account as an employee
for such month if such individual has medical coverage for such month
- `(i) chapter 55 of title 10, United States Code, including coverage under the TRICARE program, or
- `(ii) under a health care program under chapter
17 or 18 of title 38, United States Code, as determined by the
Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in coordination with the Secretary of
Health and Human Services and the Secretary.'.
- (b) Effective Date- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to months beginning after December 31, 2013.
Bob's Comment: Ok, so what does it do? It allows employers to NOT count vets in the number of employees considered for purposes of what triggers an Affordable Care Act obligation by an employer. That's all. It does not create a job. It gives no incentives to hire vets. There is no indication it will save any employer money or reduce the number of employers who have to buy coverage. In fact guys, since the Affordable Care Act kicks people out who are already eligible for government funded care, it does nothing, except make for some bizarre press. If it did make a difference (e.g. the vet does not get kicked out because they have an eligible plan), isn't the vet being denial additional care that might pick up a co-pay, a deductible or even allow the vet to make a physician choice he/she can't make under the VA's plan or DOD's plan.