Really, IRS?

Acne cream is more important to our health than breastfeeding. Excuse me?  According to a recent article in the New York Times, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has determined that breastfeeding "does not have enough health benefits to qualify as a form of medical care."  Therefore, women cannot count expenses for breastfeeding supplies in their tax-sheltered healthcare spending accounts.  Acne cream and denture adhesives, however, do qualify for tax breaks. 

Apparently, the IRS has decided it knows more about medicine than the experts at the Department of Health & Human Services and World Health Organization who are actively promoting breastfeeding because of its significant health benefits for mothers and children. 

Sign our petition reminding the IRS to leave medicine to the experts!

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We urge the Internal Revenue Service to act immediately to reverse its decision and allow women to count expenses for breast pumps and breastfeeding supplies in their tax-sheltered health spending accounts as defined under section 213 (d) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

Hundreds of medical studies have shown that breastfeeding has health benefits for children, including reducing a child's risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, asthma, leukemia, type 1 diabetes, and obesity.  IRS regulations should reflect medical opinion, not overturn it.


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    Really, IRS?
    Dear Friend,

    Believe it or not, the folks at the IRS think that acne cream has more health benefits than breastfeeding.

    According to a recent article in the New York Times, the Internal Revenue Service has determined that breastfeeding "does not have enough health benefits to qualify as a form of medical care." Therefore, women cannot count expenses for breastfeeding supplies in their tax-sheltered healthcare spending accounts. Acne cream and denture adhesives, however, do qualify for tax breaks.

    Apparently, the IRS has decided it knows more about medicine than the experts at the Department of Health & Human Services and World Health Organization who are activley promoting breastfeeding because of its significant health benefits for mothers and children.

    Join me in signing the MomsRising petition reminding the IRS to leave medicine to the experts! http://action.momsrising.org/sign/Breastpumps/?referring_akid=2437.82619.fwUOC5&source=taf

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