Thank you Congressman Tom Cole
The U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 6199 (the Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018) on July 25 by a vote of 277-142. View votes
Our Congressman Tom Cole joined a bipartisan majority to finally correct an IRS problem that has prevented Oklahomans from using their health savings accounts (HSAs) to pay membership dues at MainStreet Clinic and other DPC clinics across the state and the country.
Previously, the IRS ruled that direct primary care (DPC) clinic membership was a “separate health plan.” Under IRS rules, that prevented taxpayers from spending their own HSA money on a membership at MainStreet Clinic. Congressional action is required to fix this and overrule the IRS.
Thanks also to our Washington lobbyist Jay Keese for his hard work over the past 5 years to make this happen. But we’re not finished!
Next Step: On To The Senate
What can you do?
1. Call or write Congressman Tom Cole to thank him for his leadership on this matter. Tom Cole just happens to be the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. Mr. Cole’s subcommittee has a voice in shaping health care policy and he is an important leader in Congress.
2. Ask Mr. Cole to use his leverage to pass future legislation that adds direct primary care (DPC) clinic membership to the list of all “qualified medical expenses” under IRS Code 213(d).
Yes, this sounds confusing because it is.
What this means is that when the cost of belonging to MainSt Clinic is considered a “medical expense” by the IRS, then your membership fees will be tax-deductible and all the problems of paying for membership with health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) or flex spending accounts (FSAs) will be eliminated!
3. Contact Senators James Lankford and Jim Inhofe to request they do the same: support the Senate version of HR 6199 and support future legislation to include DPC membership fees as a legitimate medical expense in 213(d).
Rep. Tom Cole
711 SW D Ave, Ste 201
Lawton, OK 73501
Phone: (580) 357-2131
Fax: (580) 357-7477
Sen. Jim Inhofe
3817 NW Expressway St, Ste 780
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Main: (405) 208-8841
Fax: (405) 604-0917
Sen. James Lankford
1015 N. Broadway Ave, Ste 310
Oklahoma City, OK 73102