health

Real healthcare reform or sneaky government backdoor? New legislation would allow health savings accounts to cover nutritional supplements

Friday, July 19, 2013 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Tags: health savings accounts, nutritional supplements, reform

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
Healthy 12-year-old girl dies shortly after receiving HPV vaccine
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
Ben & Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces
BREAKING: CDC whistleblower confesses to MMR vaccine research fraud in historic public statement
Delicious
(NaturalNews) Two new pieces of legislation have been introduced before Congress that, if passed, will expand coverage options for individuals with either Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). According to a recent Action Alert issued by the Alliance for Natural Health - USA (ANH-USA), funds held in both HSAs and FSAs would cover dietary supplements under the new bills, a major policy change that has the potential to dramatically cut healthcare costs and further promote health freedom.

Introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the Family and Retirement Health Investment Act of 2013 provisions that the term "medical care" be expanded in definition to include dietary supplements, allowing up to $1,000 from HSAs and FSAs to be spent on them for medical care each year. Additionally, Representative Erick Paulsen (R-MN) introduced House Resolution (H.R.) 2194 as a companion bill in the House.

Together, the bills would combine to establish a new policy of tolerance towards nutritional supplements, which are a keystone in the health and dietary regimens of millions of forward-thinking Americans. Currently, dietary supplements are excluded from virtually all insurance plans, which means patients must purchase them of their own accord at full cost. But the inclusion of dietary supplements in the scope of recognized medical care has the potential to change this and make natural treatments more affordable.

"This is important legislation because so many natural health advocates depend on HSAs and FSAs -- they can be used for integrative doctor visits and treatments not covered by conventional insurance," explains ANH-USA. "Expanding HSAs to include supplements will increase consumer access and choice, not to mention overall consumer health."

Including supplements under HSAs, FSAs will dramatically cut healthcare costs

A major selling point for the legislation, which was previously rejected by Congress back during the 2011 legislative session, is that it will help drastically reduce healthcare costs all across the board. A 2012 study conducted by the Rand Corporation, for instance, found that families with HSAs or FSAs spent an average of 21 percent less on healthcare in the first year after switching from conventional insurance coverage.

The same study found that if even just half of all individuals currently covered by employer-sponsored insurance adopted HSAs or FSAs, healthcare costs as a whole would drop by at least $57 billion annually. This is obviously quite significant, as healthcare costs have reached epic proportions in recent years, showing no definitive signs of slowing within this for-profit medical paradigm.

You can read the full Rand study here:
http://www.rand.org

Some worry adding coverage for supplements will be used as government backdoor for increased regulation

Furnishing the federal government with even more power over dietary supplements, however, may prove to be a mistake, say some. By allowing the government to essentially redefine dietary supplements to fit within the conventional medical system, there is the potential that rogue regulators will begin to take control over which dietary supplements people are allowed to access. Furthermore, the legislation also appears to make an erroneous assumption that the government possesses unique authority over dietary supplements, which could be a slippery slope for health freedom.

"I hope the expansion of 'medical care' to include dietary supplements is not the first step in having dietary supplements classified as a medicine, which therefore becomes a regulated product," wrote one commenter at ANH-USA.

You can read more about the legislation for yourself at the following links:
http://www.finance.senate.gov
http://www.govtrack.us

Sources for this article include:

http://www.anh-usa.org

http://www.naturalproductsinsider.com

http://www.rand.org

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.