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IHRSA Visits with House Ways and Means Committee Members

A delegation of IHRSA’s ILC members met with representatives from the powerful House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday, September 7, in the U.S. capitol.

The delegation, led by IHRSA Board Member Jim Worthington and Linda Mitchell of the Newtown Athletic Club, included representatives from ACAC, Anytime Fitness, The Atlantic Club, The Cooper Institute, IHRSA, Life Time Fitness, and Planet Fitness.

“It was a great experience to see industry leaders engage in meaningful conversations about the state of our nation’s health and the solutions our industry provides with powerful lawmakers, including Kevin Brady, (R-TX) Chairman of House Ways and Means Committee,” said Meredith Poppler, IHRSA’s vice president of communication and leadership engagement.

Members of Congress and their staff received a call to action to pass PHIT, federal legislation that would make physical activity more affordable and accessible.

The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT S.482/H.R.1267) will expand the IRS definition of a medical expense to include expenses paid for exercise, such as gym membership and sports participation. Then, Americans will save 20-30% of their fitness expenses by tapping pre-tax accounts like Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Savings Accounts.

PHIT is pending in the House Ways and Means Committee, and so this opportunity for IHRSA member clubs and staff to call on elected officials to advance the legislation is critical to the #PassPHIT effort.

If you have not signed up for the September 14 ILC call, which will provide a recap of the meetings and lobbying, please do so.

Outside Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulson’s office, left to right, Brian Zehetner, Planet Fitness, Claire Kinsey, Cooper Institute, Kevin McHue, Atlantic Club, Jeff Perkins, IHRSA, Linda Mitchell, Newtown Athletic Club (NAC), Meredith Poppler, IHRSA, Jim Worthington, NAC, Erik Lindseth, Life Time Fitness.Minnesota native Brian Zehetner discussing PHIT with Rep Paulsen.Claire, Kevin, Brian, Paulsen, Erik, Jim and Linda.

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