ANPR supports proposed rule to allow health benefits for seasonals
Notice of this rule was posted in the Federal Register July 29, 2014, with a comment period of 30 days.
ANPR is strongly supportive of expanding health benefit coverage to all employees of the National Park Service. The Association has for several years offered a limited-benefits health insurance plan to seasonal employees and volunteers to help fill this need. With implementation of the Affordable Care Act, options have been expanded for coverage and this would be a very welcome next step in recognizing the value of seasonal employees of the agency and supporting their continued employment.
I encourage you to follow this link and offer your comments no later than Aug. 28.
— Erika Jostad, ANPR president
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This is an extremely positive development for the National Park Service and all federal agencies that annually hire and employ seasonal employees. It provides a logical hiring authority to officially select employees who through their training, irreplaceable work experience, and demonstrated job performance have established their value to the agency.
We will update the status of this bill as it becomes available. Even though the prognosis is that the bill will not get out of committee, ANPR wants to start building support and show Congress that people are interested in this proposed legislation.
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