Washington, DC - Earlier today, Florida Congressman Daniel Webster, R-Clermont, introduced the Helping Everyone Access Long Term Healthcare (HEALTH) Act. This bill will provide a tax deduction to healthcare providers for pro-bono health services to low-income individuals and families who rely on Medicaid or CHIP.
“This bill helps more Americans have access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a price they can afford,” said Rep. Webster. “The HEALTH Act offers a new solution to provide healthcare services to low-income families and has the potential to help Medicaid and CHIP programs save on costs. This legislation allows doctors and other healthcare professionals to provide pro-bono healthcare services to low-income individuals, including children in the CHIP program, in exchange for a simple tax deduction.”
The HEALTH Act would provide participating physicians and medical personnel with a tax deduction for the value of the service performed which would significantly reduce the amount of paperwork associated with the Medicaid/CHIP system.
Bob Carlstrom, President of AMAC Action praised the bill’s introduction, “AMAC and its 2.3 million members applaud Congressman Webster for introducing this important legislation. The healthcare system is struggling right now. Nobody wants to admit it, but Medicaid is not a perfect system. It is confusing and complex, oftentimes not working in the patient’s favor as well as it could. We commend Rep. Webster for not only acknowledging that doctors and patients need better options but also for providing a commonsense solution.”
Increasing access to healthcare is crucial to helping low-income families. If enacted, the HEALTH Act would help millions of individuals establish long term relationships with physicians to access quality healthcare for chronic conditions while potentially saving the government billions of dollars.