PHIT Act Clears Important Hurdle

MOUNT PROSPECT, ILLINOIS (July 23, 2018) - The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act (H.R. 6312) is closer than ever to becoming a reality. The bill, a version of the original PHIT Act that NSGA has long supported, received strong bi-partisan backing from the House Ways & Means Committee, passing a markup hearing by a 28-7 margin and sending it to the full House for a vote.

The bill is expected to be brought up for a vote as part of the Health Savings Account (HSA) reform package this week and if passed would be sent to the Senate.

The PHIT Act would make physical activity expenses reimbursable through pre-tax dollars in Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Expenses eligible under the PHIT Act would include fitness and exercise classes, sport/activity camps and clinics, youth and adult sports registration fees, equipment used to participate in a physical activity, instructional lessons and clinics, running & fitness event registration fees, yoga and other physical activity expenses.

“We are pleased that a bi-partisan majority of the Ways & Means Committee supports PHIT,” NSGA President & CEO Matt Carlson said. “This revised bill, however, excludes some important parts of the original bill.

“We urge members of the House to strengthen PHIT to its original language when debate begins prior to the vote,” Carlson said. “PHIT is an important step in helping stem the decline in youth team sports participation. PHIT directly addresses the primary reason why fewer kids are playing team sports – the cost of participating.”

For more information, please contact NSGA Director of Public Affairs Larry Weindruch, lweindruch@nsga.org. To reach out directly to your U.S. Representative and urge him or her to support PHIT, click here and enter your zip code in the upper right-hand corner.