Sending Office: Honorable Katie Porter
Sent By:
Brieana.Marticorena@mail.house.gov

Halt Tax Increases for Sick, Disabled, and Older Americans!

Cosponsor H.R. 2073

Dear Colleague:

With health care costs continuously rising each year, older Americans who live on a fixed income are disproportionately impacted by these increasing costs. According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation report, 1 out of every 10 Medicare recipients spend
nearly 60% of their income on health care.1 Addressing these soaring costs is critical to ensuring that all Americans have access to affordable health care options.

One way to reduce medical costs is through the medical expense deduction, with AARP estimating that over 4.4 million Americans will claim this deduction at the 7.5% income threshold. This deduction provides critical relief to families by offsetting the cost
of acute and chronic medical conditions. Of the 4.4 million people utilizing the medical expense deduction, over 70% have incomes between $23,100 and $113,000, and nearly 40% are age 65 or older.2 This deduction clearly provides significant benefits
to the most vulnerable among us in keeping their health care costs down.

Beginning on January 1, 2019, however, the threshold for using this deduction increased to 10%, placing nearly 800,000 Americans who depend on this deduction at risk.3 Increasing the adjusted gross income threshold from 7.5% to 10% will result
in countless Americans with acute and chronic conditions being unable to pay their medical bills. H.R. 2073 would permanently extend the 7.5% income threshold for deductions, ensuring relief from high medical costs for millions of Americans.

This legislation protects those Americans struggling to keep up with the rising costs of health care, and the AARP has endorsed this bill, recognizing its tremendous benefit. To cosponsor H.R. 2073, please contact Brieana Marticorena (Brieana.Marticorena@mail.house.gov)
with Congresswoman Katie Porter or John Deoudes (John.Deoudes@mail.house.gov) with Congressman Kenny Marchant.

Sincerely,

 

Katie Porter                             Kenny Marchant

Member of Congress              Member of Congress

1 https://www.kff.org/report-section/medicare-beneficiaries-out-of-pocket-health-care-spending-as-a-share-of-income-now-and-projections-for-the-future-report/

2 https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/ppi/2019/02/defraying-high-out-of-pocket-health-care-costs-the-medical-expense-tax-deduction.pdf

3 https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/ppi/2019/02/defraying-high-out-of-pocket-health-care-costs-the-medical-expense-tax-deduction.pdf

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: HealthCare, Taxes

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Number: 2073
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