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How Members of House Ways and Means Committee Can Help Pass PHIT

The Committee on Ways and Means is the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives, and as such, it oversees many domestic revenue issues. Because the outline of tax reform legislation is expected to be released soon, the influential decisions made by this committee are more important than ever before.

Why is that, you ask? The Committee on Ways and Means has a great deal of influence over whether or not the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Actlegislation that would allow Americans to use FSAs and HSAs to pay for fitness-related expensespasses.

Left to Right: Claire Kinsey, Cooper Institute, Kevin McHugh, Atlantic Club, Brian Zehetner, Planet Fitness, Rep. Erik Paulson, Erik Lindseth, Life Time Fitness, Linda Mitchell, Newtown Athletic Club (NAC), and Jim Worthington, NAC.

Eleven of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means have already voiced their support for physical activity by sponsoring PHIT. 

HW&M Members:

That leaves the question of what to do about the representatives who have not yet signed on in support of increasing access to healthy lifestyles. What can you do to convince them to support PHIT?

If you already have a relationship with your member of Congress, call them and ask them to sign on as a PHIT sponsor. Call him or her this week. If you are just developing a relationship with your member, that is okay too.

You can start by reaching out to your member of Congress and scheduling a time to meet with them. Members of Congress divide weeks between spending time in their home district and working in D.C., so scheduling a meeting will not be as challenging as you think. Take a look at this Congressional Schedule for opportunities to invite them to your club. When you speak with your representative, remember to emphasize why passing PHIT is beneficial for the health, happiness, and financial prosperity of every individual and family in their district.

Fortunately, your member of Congress also happens to be your connection to the Ways and Means Committee. If your congressman or congresswoman supports PHIT, kindly ask them to ask their friends on the Ways and Means Committee to sponsor PHIT.

As an industry, our ultimate goal is build a healthier and brighter future for all through physical activitygrowing the list of PHIT sponsors and seeing this legislation through to passage is a vital step toward that envisioned future.