Making Healthcare More Affordable for Middle Class Families & Seniors

Dear Friend,

This week, we introduced bipartisan legislation with Congresswoman Martha McSally (AZ-02) to prevent a tax increase on Arizona families and seniors. The Halt Tax Increase on Middle Class and Seniors Act allows Arizonans to deduct more of their out-of-pocket medical expenses, a necessary relief during difficult economic times.

Many Arizona seniors already feel the burden of high out-of-pocket medical expenses and increasing the tax deduction threshold will only cost them more. While the annual growth in healthcare spending has slowed to historical lows, the growth rate is trending up and out of pocket costs for hardworking families continue to rise. This legislation provides critical relief for middle class families and seniors.

Prior to the Affordable Care Act, taxpayers could deduct out-of-pocket medical expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of their adjusted growth income (AGI). The ACA increased that threshold to 10 percent for individuals under 65. This increase is set to occur in 2017 for those over the age of 65, and unless Congress passes our bill, seniors will feel this tax increase when they file taxes in 2018. The Halt Tax Increases on the Middle Class and Seniors Act reverses this increase back to the original 7.5 percent AGI threshold for all individuals. We will keep working across the aisle to find bipartisan solutions that lower healthcare costs and expand economic opportunity for all Arizonans.

We are honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Arizona families like yours. We always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues that are important to you. If there is an issue that concerns you, please let us know by clicking this link or by calling our Phoenix office: 602-956-2285. Be sure to stay connected through our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and let us know how we can be of service.



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