PHIT - The Personal Health Investment Today Act
What is PHIT?
PHIT is legislation pending in Congress to allow for reimbursement of physical activity expenses using pre-tax dollars.
PHIT would reduce the costs of physical activity to encourage healthier lifestyles.
Why is PHIT important to healthcare reform?
Healthcare spending continues to rise at an alarming rate. Medical expenditures account for 17 percent of the money generated by the
A top goal of healthcare reform is to reduce spending. The World Health Organization reported that in the
With 20 percent of the population accounting for 80 percent of health costs, prevention of costly chronic diseases is critical to reform efforts. Increased physical activity will improve health by preventing illness to lower medical spending.
How does PHIT work?
Currently pre-tax medical accounts are primarily used for reimbursement of medical expenses once you become sick. PHIT would allow taxpayers to place up to $2,000 a year in existing pre-tax medical accounts for reimbursement of physical activity expenses; lower costs will promote more active lifestyles and improve the health of Americans.
What physical activity expenses would PHIT cover?
The activities eligible for pre-tax reimbursement under PHIT include:
- Youth and Adult Sports League Fees
- Exercise Classes & Personal Trainers
- Sports & Fitness Equipment (used exclusively for participation in physical activities)
- Youth Camps
- Organized Running Event Registration Fees
- Health Club Membrship Dues
- Martial Arts, Gymnastics and other physical activities