H.R. 4527, the Expanding Health Care Options for Early Retirees Act, introduced by Representatives Harley Rouda (CA-48), Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), and Senator Sherrod Brown (OH), received endorsements from the following organizations:
- Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
- International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
- National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO)
- National Sheriffs Association (NSA)
- California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA)
- California Professional Firefighters (CPF)
- Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS)
- Orange County Professional Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 3631
- Costa Mesa Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 1465
- Costa Mesa Police Association
- Huntington Beach Firefighters’ Association, IAFF Local 3354
H.R. 4527 would allow first responders aged 50 or older who have been separated from service as the result of retirement or disability to buy into Medicare.
Due to the dangerous and demanding nature of the profession, first responders often retire well before they are eligible for Medicare at age 65. This legislation would ease the transition from work to retirement for thousands of first responders and ensure that the hard-working men and women protecting our communities have continuous access to affordable health care coverage.
Said Rouda, “Our nation’s failure to provide first responders with affordable health insurance is unacceptable. I’ve spoken with firefighters, police officers, and EMTs across Orange County who are paying sky-high premiums with limited retirement benefits. I’m proud to introduce this common-sense and long overdue solution, along with Senator Brown and Representative Malinowski, which will directly impact the lives of our nation’s bravest.”
This article was released by the Office of Representative Harley Rouda.