Issue: Health Care

Walorski Votes to Repeal Cadillac Tax; Seeks Vote on Medical Device Tax Repeal, Health Insurance Tax Delay

Walorski Votes to Repeal Cadillac Tax; Seeks Vote on Medical Device Tax Repeal, Health Insurance Tax Delay

Speaks on House Floor in Effort to Bring Bipartisan Bills to a Vote

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) on Wednesday voted to repeal the “Cadillac tax” and sought a House vote on bipartisan bills to repeal the medical device tax and delay the health insurance tax.

“Ending the Cadillac tax will provide important relief to both employers and employees, but this bill doesn’t include repealing other burdensome taxes like the medical device tax and the health insurance tax,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “It is critical that we repeal all three of these burdensome taxes before they go back into effect. Doing so will help lower premiums, improve access to care, and boost American manufacturing jobs.”

Video of Walorski speaking on the House floor is available here.

BACKGROUND

Walorski spoke in support of a procedural effort to amend the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 748) to include the Protect Medical Innovation Act (H.R. 2207) and the Health Insurance Tax Relief Act (H.R. 1398). The effort was defeated on a party-line vote.

H.R. 748, which would repeal Obamacare’s 40 percent “Cadillac tax” on certain employer-provided health plans, passed the House by a vote of 419 to 6.

H.R. 2207, which Walorski introduced in April, would lower the cost of life-saving medical devices and create jobs by repealing the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device sales. The 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device sales took effect under Obamacare in 2013, but has been suspended since 2016.

H.R. 1398, which Walorski introduced in February, would stop Obamacare’s Health Insurance Tax (HIT) from going into effect until after 2021. According to America’s Health Insurance Plans, the HIT could increase premiums by over $470 per family in 2020 if not stopped.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Introduces Bill to Support Homecare Needs for Older Americans

Walorski Introduces Bill to Support Homecare Needs for Older Americans

Bipartisan Legislation Would Allow Seniors to Use Health Savings Accounts for At-Home Care Services

WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Katie Porter (D-Calif.), Adrian Smith (R-Neb.), and John Larson (D-Conn.) this week introduced bipartisan legislation to help older Americans living at home by allowing tax-free distributions from health savings accounts (HSAs) to cover qualified homecare services.

“Seniors who face health challenges but want to continue living at home often rely on at-home care services like assistance with eating, bathing, or taking their medications,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “These services play a critical role in helping older Americans live healthier, more independent lives. The bipartisan Homecare for Seniors Act will help seniors access the care they need by allowing them to use HSA funds for at-home health care services.”

“I’ve heard from older constituents in California’s 45th Congressional District about the importance of staying in their own homes while receiving care,” Congresswoman Porter said. “I’m proud to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle on this legislation that would allow older Americans the freedom to put more of their own money into homecare.”

“Seniors should be able to age with dignity and stay in their homes as long as possible. Allowing Americans to use their own savings in Health Savings Accounts to pay for home health care is a common sense way to make this a more accessible option for Americans. I am proud to introduce this bill with Congresswoman Porter today,” said Congressman Larson.

“Folks who have paid into Health Savings Accounts their whole lives should be given flexibility to spend their own money on their needs. For many seniors, the ability to stay in their own homes while receiving care is of the utmost importance and can help save on health care costs in the long term” said Congressman Smith. “I am glad to be a cosponsor of this commonsense legislation which puts seniors first.”

“With health care costs ever growing, the home is the ideal and most efficient setting for seniors in need of assistance with activities of daily living,” said Calvin McDaniel, Director of Government Affairs for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice. “Relaxing restrictions on distributions of health savings account funds is a simple way to open up access to these services.”

BACKGROUND

HSAs allow individuals to set aside pre-tax money to pay for medical expenses. Many seniors who have paid into HSAs for years are unable to use these funds for qualified homecare expenses under current law. This legislation would make such expenses eligible.

Qualified home care provides seniors with services including assistance with eating, assistance with toileting, assistance with bathing, assistance with dressing, and assistance with continence or medication adherence.

The legislation is supported by the Homecare Association of America, Home Instead, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, Leading Age, the National Alliance for Caregiving, the Alzheimer’s Foundation, the International Franchise Association, and the Caregiver Action Network.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski, Lipinski, Kelly, Peterson Introduce Employee Flexibility Act

Walorski, Lipinski, Kelly, Peterson Introduce Employee Flexibility Act

Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Would Restore Traditional 40-Hour Definition of Full-Time Employment Under Obamacare

WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) today introduced the Employee Flexibility Act (H.R. 2782), bipartisan legislation would provide relief to middle-income families by restoring the traditional 40-hour work week under the Affordable Care Act. Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by U.S. Sens. Todd Young (R-Ind.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).

“The redefinition of full-time employment under Obamacare is hurting workers who want to earn more money by picking up extra hours or trading shifts, and it’s placing unnecessary burdens on our Main Street job creators,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “The Employee Flexibility Act will bring relief to hardworking Hoosiers by ensuring they have flexibility in the hours they work each week. This bipartisan, commonsense bill will also give businesses the certainty they need to expand, invest in our communities, and create more jobs.”

“Most Americans will tell you that a full-time workweek is 40 hours, not 30,” Congressman Lipinski said. “Changing the law to keep middle class families from having to make the painful choice of being forced to live with less or finding another part-time job to make up the difference is just common sense. Thanks to Congresswoman Walorski and my colleagues for their leadership on this bipartisan bill.”

“Obamacare created a lot of problems for American workers, including its definition of full-time employment at 29 and a half hours,” Congressman Kelly said. “Employers are required to provide health insurance to employees who qualify as full time, so many workers employed by small businesses are having trouble picking up extra hours to make ends meet. The Employee Flexibility Act, of which I am a proud co-author, would restore the 40-hour work week to help workers and ease the burden on businesses!”

“This legislation restores the traditional definition of a full time job and would benefit employers who seek to have both full and part time employees,” Congressman Peterson said.

“We thank our own Congresswoman Jackie Walorski for her leadership on reestablishing the 40-hour workweek to help hard-working Hoosiers and Indiana small business community,” said Mark McDonnell, founder and CEO of LaSalle Hospitality Group. “Countless employees love restaurants because they offer flexible, part-time work. These employees may also be going to school, raising a family, or pursuing other aspirations. But current laws restrict a variable workforce and inhabit an employee’s ability to manage their own schedule. Additionally, most accounting systems weren’t designed to accommodate the two different full-time designations businesses must operate under. This makes administration a nightmare and the added costs affect restaurants’ hiring and expansion plans. We appreciate Rep. Walorski’s efforts to introduce and advance the bipartisan Employee Flexibility Act.”

“On behalf of Ben’s Soft Pretzels, a mission-driven organization with 76 bakeries in 10 states, we thank Representatives Jackie Walorski and Dan Lipinski for introducing the ‘Employee Flexibility Act,’” said Brian Krider, co-founder and COO of Ben’s soft Pretzels. “Our employees and the communities we serve are our greatest asset and we support federal legislation to expand both scheduling flexibility and opportunities for growth. We strongly support commonsense, bipartisan legislation to enact a 40-hour per week threshold to determine a full-time employee.”

BACKGROUND

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, requires employers with more than 50 full-time equivalent workers to offer health insurance to full-time employees or face a penalty. The law defines full-time status as 30 hours of work per week, significantly below the traditional standard of 40 hours, as defined under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Under the standard 40-hour definition of a work week, hourly employees had more flexibility to pick up hours or trade shifts with their co-workers. Since the implementation of the 30-hour threshold, variable-hour and part-time employees have lost the flexibility to earn more money by adding or trading shifts.

The bipartisan, bicameral Employee Flexibility Act would provide flexibility to employees and relief to small businesses by changing the definition of a full-time employee under the ACA to 40 hours per week, putting it back in line with the widely-used traditional definition. The same legislation previously passed the House in 2014 and 2015.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Increase Health Care Access for Veterans’ Newborns

Walorski Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Increase Health Care Access for Veterans’ Newborns

Newborn Care Improvement Act Would Extend VA Health Care for Newborns

WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Susie Lee (D-Nev.), Doug Collins (R-Ga.), and Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve health care coverage for newborn children of veterans. The Newborn Care Improvement Act would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide care for newborns for 14 days, doubling the current limit of seven days.

“Women who served our country with strength and courage deserve the best health care possible from the VA,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “By improving care for newborns, this bipartisan bill will ensure women veterans get the support and care they need to raise healthy families.”

“Our women veterans deserve the best health care and maternal care for them and their families,” said Lee. “Starting a family can be an overwhelming time for anyone, making it even more important to ensure our veterans have the resources and time they need to get the best maternal care. I’m proud to team up with Rep. Collins–who has been a leader on this issue for years, Rep. Houlahan, and Rep. Walorski to work across the aisle and introduce the Newborn Care Improvement Act and help improve the lives of our braves veterans and their families.”

“Too often, new mothers receiving medical care from the VA face financial challenges and complex insurance decisions while seeking to obtain critical care for their newborns,” said Collins. “Ensuring the VA expands care for the women who selflessly serve in our armed forces continues to be a priority for me, and I’m proud to join my colleagues in reintroducing the Newborn Care Improvement Act. This legislation will ease the burden on female veterans by doubling the length of time their newborns are eligible to receive medical care from the VA.”

“As a veteran, I know all too well the challenges new veteran mothers face,” said Houlahan. “No new mother should have to worry about where their newborn will receive care. I’m proud to work across the aisle and join my colleagues in introducing the bipartisan Newborn Care Improvement, a critical piece of legislation that will double the length of time veteran mothers’ newborns can receive medical care at the VA. It is essential that we continue the necessary work to better support our brave women veterans and their families.”

BACKGROUND

The Newborn Care Improvement Act would allow the VA to provide 14 days of post-delivery care to the newborn child of a woman veteran who is receiving VA maternity care. The child must have been delivered in a VA facility or another facility with which VA has a contract for such services. Currently, such care may not be provided for more than seven days. The bill would also require a report to Congress on how many newborns receive care under this legislation.

Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced companion legislation in the Senate earlier this year.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Introduces Bill to Improve Access to Hospice Care in Rural Communities

Walorski Introduces Bill to Improve Access to Hospice Care in Rural Communities

Bipartisan Rural Access to Hospice Act Would Ensure Patients in Rural Areas Can Choose Own Doctor for Hospice Care

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to help ensure Hoosier seniors and their families have access to hospice care in rural communities. The Rural Access to Hospice Act would fix a technical glitch in Medicare law that prevents many patients in rural communities from receiving hospice care from their local primary care provider.

“For Americans in rural communities and other underserved areas, Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Centers play a critical role in providing access to affordable, quality health care,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “These patients shouldn’t lose the doctor they know and trust when they enter hospice care simply because of where they live. The bipartisan Rural Access to Hospice Act will fix a technical glitch to ensure seniors can access hospice care and choose their own doctor as the attending physician.”

BACKGROUND

When Medicare patients enroll in hospice, they select a physician or nurse practitioner to serve as attending physician. Unlike other services, rural health clinics (RHCs) and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) cannot bill Medicare for hospice services, which prevents some patients from receiving care from their local provider. The Rural Access to Hospice Act would fix this glitch and allow RHCs and FQHCs to receive payment for hospice care.

The bill was introduced with Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.). Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.).

The full text of the Rural Access to Hospice Act is available here.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Medicare Late Enrollment Penalties

Walorski Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Medicare Late Enrollment Penalties

WASHINGTON – With a growing number of Americans aging into Medicare, U.S. Representatives Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) and U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) recently introduced a bipartisan bill to simplify complex Medicare enrollment rules. The Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act (H.R. 2477) would eliminate needless gaps in health care coverage and help prevent lifetime, late-enrollment penalties.

“As more and more Americans reach Medicare age, we need to simplify the Part B enrollment process and improve education and outreach to seniors,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “These bipartisan reforms will protect seniors from unnecessary late enrollment penalties, gaps in coverage, and unexpected health care bills.”

“For too many seniors, enrolling in Medicare Part B is a confusing process that can lead to expensive penalties and higher health care costs,” Congressman Ruiz said. “That’s why I’m proud to introduce the bipartisan BENES Act to ensure older Americans understand the Medicare Part B program, helping them avoid higher premiums or gaps in their health care coverage. This critical legislation will prevent older Americans from falling through the cracks and not getting the health care that they need. As a physician, I will continue to fight for our seniors’ access to quality, affordable health care they have earned and deserve.”

“With more than 10,000 Americans turning age 65 every day and becoming eligible for Medicare, we need to simplify and improve the enrollment process. The BENES Act would inform people new to Medicare about their responsibilities, helping to prevent costly penalties and eliminate gaps in coverage,” Senator Casey said. “By working in a bipartisan, commonsense fashion we can keep more dollars in seniors’ pockets and ensure they receive the care they need when they need it.”

“Seniors who miss the sign-up deadline for Medicare Part B face onerous penalties that persist for the rest of their lives. The BENES Act will make the sign-up process more efficient and friendly to our seniors so they have the financial backstop needed to access quality medical care,” Senator Young said.

BACKGROUND

Today, nearly 760,000 Americans are paying these penalties, increasing their Medicare Part B premiums by an average of almost 30 percent.

The BENES Act would direct the federal government to provide advance notice to individuals approaching Medicare eligibility about basic Medicare enrollment rules, filling a long-standing gap in education for older adults and people with disabilities. The bill would also eliminate needless multi-month coverage gaps in Medicare enrollment periods and align Medicare Part B enrollment periods with those in private Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans.

The BENES Act is supported by more than 85 organizations, including AARP, AHIP, BlueCross BlueShield Association and Medicare Rights Center.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Introduces Bill to Repeal Job-Killing Medical Device Tax

Walorski, Kind, Peters, Hudson Introduce Bill to Lower Cost of Life-Saving Medical Devices for American Patients

Protect Medical Innovation Act Co-Sponsored by a Bipartisan Coalition of 227 Members of Congress

WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Scott Peters (D-Calif.), and Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) today introduced the bipartisan Protect Medical Innovation Act, which will lower the cost of life-saving medical devices and create jobs by repealing the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device sales.

The bill is co-sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of 227 Members of Congress. Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

“The medical device tax would limit patient access to lifesaving technologies and put countless jobs at risk in northern Indiana, where Hoosiers are proud to be leaders in innovation and manufacturing,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “It’s time to end this job-killing tax once and for all. Permanently repealing the medical device tax will boost American manufacturing, support good-paying jobs, encourage research and innovation, and protect patients who depend on these products. The Protect Medical Innovation Act has broad, bipartisan support in Congress, and I hope we will vote on this bill without delay.”

“Medical devices and new technologies improve the lives and health of millions of Americans every year. Given that this tax applies to revenues – not profits – it is extremely punitive to medical technology innovators. It’s time we permanently repeal this outdated tax on innovation, and support jobs and well-being across the country,” said Rep. Ron Kind.

“Innovation drives progress in health care, technology, science, and more, but the medical device tax stifles innovation and passes costs to consumers. This commonsense change will fuel startup potential in San Diego and make it easier for these job creators to launch their ventures,” said Rep. Scott Peters.

“Since my first days in office, I’ve worked hard to ensure we have a health care system where everyone can get affordable coverage. The medical device tax destroys jobs, hamstrings innovation and raises the cost of life-saving products, and this bill will get rid of it once and for all,” said Rep. Richard Hudson.

BACKGROUND

The 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device sales took effect in 2013, but has been suspended since 2016. The tax impacts devices often used by patients throughout their lives, including pacemakers, joint replacements, and many surgical tools.

The medical device industry employs 519,000 nationwide, with over 80 percent of medical device firms employing fewer than 50 employees. According to some estimates, researchers saw a $34 million reduction in industry research and development while the medical device tax was in effect. Reinstating the medical device tax could hurt the success of these businesses, and in-turn, stifle research and development of life-saving or life-altering medical advancements for American consumers.

The full text of H.R. 2207, the Protect Medical Innovation Act, is available here.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski, Kind, Meng, LaHood Introduce Bill to Lower Health Care Costs

Walorski, Kind, Meng, LaHood Introduce Bill to Lower Health Care Costs

Bipartisan Bill Would Allow Use of HSAs, FSAs to Purchase Over-the-Counter Medications, Menstrual Care Products

WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), and Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) today introduced the bipartisan Restoring Access to Medication Act, which will improve access to care and help families afford the medications and other health care products they need. The bill will give individuals the ability to use Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) to purchase over-the-counter medications and menstrual care products.

“For millions of Americans, HSAs and FSAs are critical tools to pay for health care, but currently they can’t be used to buy over-the-counter medications,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “Restoring this eligibility and expanding it to feminine hygiene products would improve both access and affordability. This is a bipartisan, commonsense way to lower costs and give consumers more control over their health care.”

“Families across the country are struggling with the costs of rising deductions and out-of-pocket expenses,” Rep. Kind said. “I am proud to support this common-sense bipartisan legislation that will allow families to use their savings accounts to purchase the items they need to stay healthy, for less money.”

“Millions of people rely on over the counter medicines each and every day and this bill would greatly help Americans afford these types of medications,” Rep. Meng said. “For years, I have been fighting to add menstrual hygiene products to the list of HSA-FSA eligible items, and I’m proud to continue championing that effort in this new legislation. There is no reason to prohibit individuals from using their HSA-FSA funds to pay for menstrual products. They are basic and essential items and adding them to the list of eligible expenses would go a long way toward making these products more affordable and accessible to women. I urge all my colleagues to support this important bipartisan legislation.”

“Health Savings Accounts are essential tools individuals and families use to receive quality healthcare needs at an affordable cost,” Rep. LaHood said. “Many Americans rely on over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to meet their basic healthcare needs and this commonsense, bipartisan bill will ensure OTC medicines can be purchased through HSAs. As we work to expand access to care while reducing costs, this bill takes an important step to do just that and is a win for working families across this country.”

BACKGROUND

Over 22 million Americans utilize HSAs, and over 33 million Americans contribute to an FSA. Since 2011, Americans have been prevented from using tax-preferred accounts to purchase non-prescription over-the-counter medicines. Over-the-counter medication can be used as treatment for pain management, smoking cessation, and allergies. Menstrual care products and over-the-counter medicines are essential for millions of Americans; making these products more affordable for families will improve health and wellness and prevent more expensive complications down the road.

The text of the Restoring Access to Medication Act is available here.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Introduces Bill to Bolster Alzheimer’s Care Planning

Walorski Introduces Bill to Bolster Alzheimer’s Care Planning

Bipartisan Legislation Would Help Seniors and Families Plan After Dementia Diagnosis

WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Paul D. Tonko (D-N.Y.), Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.), Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), and Chris Smith (R-N.J.) this week introduced H.R. 1873, the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act, bipartisan legislation that would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to inform health care providers about care planning benefits available through Medicare. The bill would also require HHS to identify other barriers individuals may be facing in accessing care planning.

“For Alzheimer’s patients, as well as their families and caregivers, care planning can make a real difference in their quality of life and help them get the best care possible,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “Medicare coverage now includes comprehensive care planning so individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can learn about the treatments, services, and other supports available to them. The Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act will improve access to care planning by ensuring doctors and other medical providers are fully informed of the services they can provide under Medicare.”

“The Alzheimer’s Association and its advocacy arm, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM), thank Rep. Walorski for working with Congress to provide the more than 5 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s – including 110,000 in Indiana – and their more than 16 million unpaid caregivers with desperately-needed resources and support,” said Robert Egge, Alzheimer’s Association chief public policy officer and AIM executive director. “The Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act encourages doctors to talk to their patients about an Alzheimer’s diagnosis so that they and their families have the know-how and tools necessary to adequately adjust to and plan for their new reality.”

BACKGROUND

H.R. 1873 builds on the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act, which Walorski co-sponsored in the 114th Congress and which proposed improving Medicare coverage by creating a benefit for comprehensive care planning services following a dementia diagnosis. Unfortunately, many health care providers remain unaware that this benefit is available. As a result, many eligible Medicare beneficiaries are not receiving the assistance that a comprehensive care planning visit can provide. This legislation will increase access to this vital benefit by ensuring more providers are informed and ready to offer it.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski, Bera, Marchant, Gottheimer Introduce Legislation to Delay the Health Insurance Tax

Walorski, Bera, Marchant, Gottheimer Introduce Legislation to Delay the Health Insurance Tax

Bipartisan Health Insurance Tax Relief Act Would Protect Families, Seniors

WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Ami Bera (D-Calif.), Kenny Marchant (R-Texas), and Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) this week introduced H.R. 1398, the Health Insurance Tax Relief Act. This bill would stop the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Tax (HIT) from going into effect until after 2021 and save consumers hundreds of dollars. According to America’s Health Insurance Plans, the HIT could increase premiums by over $470 per family in 2020 if not stopped. The tax would also hit seniors and those with disabilities particularly hard.

“When it comes to health care, Americans are facing rising costs and fewer options,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “Raising taxes on health coverage would only make matters worse for families, small businesses, and Medicare Advantage enrollees. As we continue working to lower premiums for families and seniors, we need to pass this bipartisan bill to provide relief from the burdensome Health Insurance Tax.”

“Failing to pass this bill, which would ensure the Health Insurance Tax is delayed for another two years, would cause millions of American families to see higher health insurance premiums,” Congressman Ami Bera, M.D., said. “In a time of rising premiums and health care costs, preventing the health insurance tax from adding to those costs is necessary as we work to stabilize the insurance markets and lower health care costs. We should pass this bill today.”

“At a time when healthcare markets are beginning to stabilize, the last thing my constituents need is a tax driving their costs back up,” Congressman Kenny Marchant said. “The Health Insurance Tax (HIT) would do just that, and as much as I would like to see it repealed outright, this bill is a step in the right direction by delaying the tax from going into effect.”

“When it comes to taxes, the people of New Jersey have had more than enough. They want and deserve lower taxes — and they want lower health care costs,” Congressman Josh Gottheimer said. “That’s why I am proud to introduce the bipartisan Health Insurance Tax Relief Act, which stops a tax on health care premium in its tracks. I will keep working across the aisle to protect our health care and deliver commonsense tax cuts for Fifth District families.”

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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