A Worthwhile Bill Introduced in the US House of Representatives

schoolhouse-rock-billIn light of the recent (rather shocking) election I have done some soul searching and have come to the conclusion that I have been rather lazy about politics. After living in Washington, DC, for 15 years and working in various lobbying groups for 10 years, I am very jaded about the political process and how much the average American actually has a say in what happens inside the Capital Beltway.

So, in my soul searching I sat down and made an attempt to sort out what is really important to me, as an American and as an individual. Issues that I can understand and that I think will have an effect on my little world that I care about.

So, I was looking through current legislation that has been introduced in the Senate and the House this session and I found this bill that was introduced in the House Ways and Means Committee that has some very good merit for Nell’s World Order.

We have a huge problem with drug addiction in my state – not just meth, which is a PLAGUE –  but also prescription drugs. And I thought this little bill was something that was something that mattered to me as an individual.

The Bill (H.R.6262 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)) is titled Addiction Recovery through Family Health Accounts Act. It was introduced by Rep. Thomas MacArthur R-NJ. The summary is:

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the family members with respect to whom treatment for alcohol and drug addiction is treated as a qualified medical expense for purposes of health reimbursement arrangements, health flexible spending arrangements, and health savings accounts.

This was brought before the House Ways and Means Committee on 9/28/16.

I like the entire idea behind this – it is a small thing, but it could possibly have a big effect on an issue that means something to ME. The idea of being able to use FSA funds for addiction recovery is something that I believe is of real use to the average American.

I’m also glad to see that not everyone on Capitol Hill is just sitting on their butts and angling for cash to get re-elected. And thanks to Rep. MacArthur for introducing a bill that could actually help families with a problem that is epidemic where I live.

More information here:
https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/6262/titles?r=35

 

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