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Associations Applaud Bipartisan Legislation Authorizing Dietary Supplement Purchases Using Pre-tax Dollars

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The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) applaud bipartisan legislation authorizing dietary supplement purchases using pre-tax dollars.

H.R. 5214 recognizes dietary supplements as qualified medical expenses, will allow supplement purchases via Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), and will provide economic incentives for consumers to practice preventive health care.

The bill, sponsored by Reps. John Curtis (R-UT) and Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), reflects a growing body of scientific studies that reveal links between supplementation and a myriad of specific health benefits.

“We believe in incentivizing healthy behaviors and empowering consumer choice,” said CRN President & CEO Steve Mister. “Dietary supplements are cost-effective measures to manage and improve health and wellness that can save taxpayers hundreds of millions—and in some cases billions—of dollars in health care costs.”

“CHPA applauds Representatives Curtis and Gottheimer for introducing bipartisan legislation that would make dietary supplements eligible expenses under tax-preferred FSAs or HSAs,” said Scott Melville, CHPA president and CEO in a statement. “Estimates show that around 60 million consumers already utilize FSAs and HSAs to save money on eligible health care expenses, including OTC (over-the-counter) medicines and feminine hygiene products. As consumers are increasingly turning to dietary supplements to support their overall health and wellness, expanding FSA/HSA eligibility to include dietary supplements is an efficient way to help consumers with their health and wellness expenses

“Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers were becoming increasingly health conscious and began adopting a more proactive approach to prevention and wellness. In fact, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports nearly 60 percent of Americans take dietary supplements each month. Extending FSA/HSA eligibility to dietary supplements would save consumers money on the products that many are already purchasing to meet their health care needs and help promote smart self-care behavior.

“CHPA has long-advocated for the expansion of FSA/HSA eligibility to include more personal health care products. Last year, a new law was signed reinstating FSA/HSA eligibility for OTC medicines and, for the first time, feminine care products. There is clear momentum to help consumers with their self-care expenses by expanding eligibility in tax-preferred health care accounts, and we hope Congress extends this to dietary supplements as well.”

According to the 2020 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, more than 170 million U.S. consumers take dietary supplements as an easy, cost-effective measure to manage their health and wellness.

“CRN enthusiastically supports this legislation,” said Mister. “We look forward to working with both sponsors in gathering support and advancing this measure.”

For more information visit https://crnusa.org or www.chpa.org.

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