Coalition Supports Senator Cruz’s Pandemic Healthcare Access Act

Submitted by thebert on Monday, March 23rd, 2020, 12,30 PM

Update: Congressman Ted Budd has introduced the Pandemic Healthcare Access Act in the House of Representatives. 

ATR President Grover Norquist led a letter of 30 organizations in support of Senator Cruz’s Pandemic Healthcare Access Act. This legislation allows all healthcare plans to use Health Savings Accounts during the duration of the Coronavirus pandemic.

[Click here to read the full letter]

Currently, there is a mandate that any American wanting to open or contribute to an HSA must be on a high-deductible health plan.

Senator Cruz’s legislation would pause this mandate in order to help mitigate the pandemic by Americans in Medicare, Affordable Care Act health plans, TRICARE, the VA, Indian Health Service and any employer plan to use HSAs. It will also help individuals pay for their deductible or any increased health care costs, allow HSA funds to pay for direct primary care, and allow telemedicine below the deductible.

As lawmakers continue working through proposals to address the pandemic, they should support and pass the Pandemic Healthcare Access Act.

You can read the full letter here or below: 

Dear Leader McConnell: 

As you continue working to address the Coronavirus pandemic, we urge policymakers to temporarily de-couple Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) from high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) as has been proposed by Senator Cruz and Congressman Ted Budd in the Pandemic Healthcare Access Act. 

This proposal will help mitigate the public health crisis by allowing Americans in Medicare, Affordable Care Act health plans, TRICARE, the VA, Indian Health Service and any employer plan to use HSAs. It will also help individuals pay for their deductible or any increased health care costs, allow HSA funds to pay for direct primary care, and allow telemedicine below the deductible. 

HSAs are currently used by almost 30 million American families and individuals. They empower healthcare mobility and choice, reduce taxes, and are a powerful tool for savings. 

However, there is currently a mandate that any American wanting to open or contribute to an HSA must be on a high-deductible health plan. This restricts how funds can be spent and which plans qualify for an HSA. 

Ending this mandate would give millions of individuals and families access to a portable, tax-advantaged savings vehicle, that can be used on healthcare expenses. This will especially benefit high-risk populations like seniors that consume greater levels of care. 

Suspending the HSA HDHP mandate will help strengthen public health and ensure that Americans have access to the care they need at a time when they are required to self-quarantine to prevent mass infection.  As you continue working to mitigate this pandemic, we hope you will support this request. 

Sincerely, 

Grover Norquist 
President, Americans for Tax Reform  

Jim Martin 
Founder/Chairman, 60 Plus Association 

Saulius “Saul” Anuzis 
President, 60 Plus Association

Bob Carlstrom  
President, AMAC Action  

Phil Kerpen  
President, American Commitment  

Brent Wm. Gardner  
Chief Government Affairs Officer, Americans for Prosperity 

Robert Alt
President, The Buckeye Institute 

Norm Singleton  
President, Campaign for Liberty  

Matthew Kandrach 
President, Consumer Action for a Strong Economy  

Ryan Ellis 
President, Center for a Free Economy 

Andrew F. Quinlan 
President, Center for Freedom and Prosperity 

Jeffrey Mazzella  
President, Center for Individual Freedom 

David McIntosh 
President, Club for Growth 

Katie McAuliffe 
Executive Director, Digital Liberty 

Timothy Head
Executive Director, Faith & Freedom Coalition 

Adam Brandon  
President, FreedomWorks  

George Landrith 
President, Frontiers of Freedom 

Naomi Lopez 
Director of Healthcare Policy, Goldwater Institute 

John Goodman 
President and CEO, Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research 

Jessica Anderson 
Vice President, Heritage Action for America 

Dan Perrin 
Executive Director, HSA Coalition 

Beverly Gossage 
President, HSA Benefits Consulting 

Andrew Langer 
President, Institute for Liberty 

Heather Higgins 
CEO, Independent Women’s Voice 

Seton Motley 
President, Less Government 

Pete Sepp 
President, National Taxpayers Union 

CL Gray, MD 
President, Physicians for Reform 

Jonathan Bydlak 
Director of the Fiscal/Budget Policy Project, R Street Institute 

David Williams 
President, Taxpayer Protection Alliance 

Jenny Beth Martin 
Honorary Chairman, Tea Party Patriots Action 

Amy Kremer 
Chairman, Women for America First 

Cc: 

President Donald Trump 
HHS Secretary Alex Azar 
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin 
National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow 
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley 
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy 
House Ways and Means Republican Leader Kevin Brady 
All GOP Members of the House and Senate 

Comments