Forwarding on some political updates…some good and some bad:
Good news is our government is FINALLY making a move in the right direction with the IRS Code to include supplements and wellness products as “eligible medical expenses”. Nothing is more frustrating to me that the lack of support and financial mazes our “health care system” creates for people taking the preventative and wellness approach.
The ONLY way we will EVER get a handle on health care costs is when we stop chasing the consequences and start addressing the causes. Wellness is like the Rodney Dangerfield … “I get no respect” mantra. Those who pursue it are passionate about it and want to share with others but those who haven’t grasped it yet, well, they’ll fight it and will look for help in places that aren’t looking for accountability and answers rather duct tape and scapegoats.
Fact is over 90% of our disease are preventable. A persons lifestyle habits will ultimately determine health…good or bad.
The Retirement Health Investment Act of 2011, (S.1098/H.R. 2010)…this one makes no sense and I hope you’ll read more below on it. Basically, if you are over 30, they’re saying no to wellness seekers and wanting people to buy into the “sick care industry”. Personally, I’d much rather take responsibility for my choices and avoid the symptom treatments and pharmaceutical world. Now they aim to take that away. My suggestion, pull up the link and sign the petition letting our representative know your thoughts. FYI – It only takes 20 seconds!
The greatest power a person posses is the power to choose. Stand for something or you will fall for anything. TCOY!
July 5, 2011
Dear Citizen for Health,
A bill was introduced at the end of May that would expand the IRS code to include herbs, vitamins, minerals, homeopathic remedies, meal replacement products, and other dietary and nutritional supplements as “eligible medical expenses” – a move that is long overdue.
On May 26th Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) introduced the Retirement Health Investment Act of 2011, (S.1098/H.R. 2010). The House version has already garnered 32 cosponsors and both bills are being reviewed in committee.
If you follow health care policy in the news then you already know that there are two health savings programs that help pay for complementary and alternative medical (CAM) treatments normally not covered by regular insurance. These are Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Currently CAM treatments are not considered eligible to be covered by HSAs.
Citizens for Health (CFH) supports the bill as a critical step in the direction of parity for CAM treatments. However, we agree with the Alliance for Natural Health in its call for the bill’s language to be amended. It must address that part of the healthcare reform act that threatens the very existence of HSAs.
HSAs are savings accounts exempt from federal income tax at the time of deposit. Each year any unspent funds accumulate and "roll over" to the following year. To make use of HSAs one must be covered under a high-deductible insurance plan – but starting in 2014 the healthcare reform act will allow high-deductible or catastrophic healthcare insurance plans for people only under the age of 30.
This means that beginning in 2014, people over the age of 30 will not be able to purchase an HSA because they will not be eligible for catastrophic plans—making the critical addition of CAM treatments to eligible expenses irrelevant to them.
Thank you for your participation,
The Citizens for Health Team