LeadingAge Member Alert November

11/8/2017 - PARCR Admin

Medical Expense Deduction and Tax-Exempt Financing on the Chopping Block

Major tax reform legislation, H.R. 1, has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and will soon come to a vote.

The bill contains 2 provisions of serious concern to aging services providers and the elders they serve: 1. Elimination of the tax deduction for medical expenses. 2. Elimination of tax-exempt financing for the development and preservation of affordable senior housing and life plan communities/CCRCs.

This radical legislation would disproportionately affect older adults, many of whom have higher than average medical costs and/or need affordable housing.

Congress needs to hear from you today. Tell your lawmakers to protect the medical expense deduction and tax-exempt financing for senior housing and life plan communities/CCRCs. Tell them older adults need this. Tell them protecting these tax provisions is the right thing to do.

How You Can Help

  • Call your lawmakers TODAY at 855-837-6894. We’ve set up this toll-free number to connect you directly to their offices.
  • Share this information with the residents in your community and suggest that they call as well. The proposed changes will directly impact them.
  • Forward this action alert to your network.

Steps for Making a Call

  • Dial this toll-free number 855-837-6894.
  • Feel free to use the sample script below when you talk to the staff person who answers the phone.
  • After talking with the staff person, do not hang up. The automated system will connect you to your representative and then to each of your senators.

Background

My name is _ and I am a constituent. I urge Representative/Senator __ to oppose provisions of H.R. 1, tax reform legislation that would eliminate the medical expense deduction.

Also, please preserve tax-exempt financing for the development and preservation of affordable senior housing and retirement communities, which would be eliminated under H.R. 1.

I hope Representative/Senator __ will stand up for older adults and protect these crucial tax benefits for seniors and middle-income families.

Here is additional information for contacting Pennsylvania Senators:

Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA)
Website: toomey.senate.gov
Washington DC Office
248 Russell Senate Office Building
District of Columbia 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4254
Fax: (202) 228-0284
Harrisburg: (717) 782-3951

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)
Website: casey.senate.gov
Washington DC Office
393 Russell Senate Office Building,
District of Columbia 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6324
Fax: (202) 228-0604
Harrisburg: (717) 231-7540

Below is a link to an alert message released by NaCCRA shortly before the tax plan was unveiled. This alert has some additional contact information and statements that may be helpful.

Take Action

Urge Congress to keep the medical deduction in the tax reform proposal. Read and download NaCCRA Alert and Call to Action.

We need you to take action immediately, the House is considering the bill this week.