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Seasonal firefighters seek health care coverage
DENVER — They work the front lines of the nation's most explosive wildfires, navigating treacherous terrain, dense walls of smoke and tall curtains of flame. Yet thousands of the nation's seasonal firefighters have no health insurance for themselves or their families.
This May 13, 2012, family photo provided by Nathan Ochs shows his wife, Constance Van Kley, Nathan Ochs and their sons Rudy, left, and Abraham during a visit to Little Devils Tower near Custer, S.D. If hotshot firefighter Nathan Ochs is hurt on the job, workers compensation would pay for his medical care. When his son Rudy was born seven weeks premature, Ochs and his wife were left with a $70,000 hospital bill because they had no health insurance. Thousands of wildland firefighters arent eligible for federal health insurance so they have launched an online petition to change that_ drawing more than 90,000 signatures in a matter of days. (AP Photo/Ochs Family) ORG XMIT: CODE102 Uncredited - AP
Many firefighters are now asking to buy into a federal government health plan, largely out of anger over a colleague who was left with a $70,000 hospital bill after his son was born...
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