A measure known as the Hire More Heroes Act of 2013 was adopted by the finance committee of the U.S. Senate. The act would allow businesses to exclude veterans from their employee count for the basis of meeting established requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
By a vote of 406-1, the legislation was approved by the House March 2014, but the Senate failed to take action on it. It was passed unanimously on January 6, 2015 by the House.
The act allows an employer to subtract veterans who receive health coverage through the federal government from their list of workers. Created as an incentive for businesses to hire and retain veterans, the act would help some small businesses stay under the 50-employee point that would require them to provide health coverage.
According to the U.S. Veterans Administration, over 8 million veterans receive health insurance through their health care system.