Incentive Legislation Campaign Promotes Tax Changes to Reduce Health Costs

Dec 08, 2010, 11:47 ET from Incentive Legislation Campaign

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Incentive Legislation Campaign (ILC) representatives recently traveled to Capitol Hill for meetings with advisors of targeted members of Congress to advocate wellness incentives as a way to encourage a healthier American work force.

Seeking to amend the Internal Revenue Code by including employer deductions and employee tax exemptions for wellness incentives, ILC members met with the senior benefits consul for Senator Baucus, tax advisors for Senators Hatch and Enzi, a policy advisor for Senator Harkin and a legislative aide for Senator Cornyn.

Incentive Federation Executive Director George Delta, who worked with ILC Legislative Counsel Jim Miller to organize the meetings, explained that upcoming tax reform and health care issues slated for the 112th Congress that begins in January could provide the venue to promote incentive use as a means to reduce health care costs.

"One of the best ways to encourage greater use of wellness incentives is to make them nontaxable to employees and deductible to employers, so the ILC is educating members of Congress on how this could be done by simply adding a new section to the tax code that is similar to a measure already used to encourage successful safety incentives," said Delta.

"We appreciated the advisors' candor in letting us know the viability of our proposal will depend on the priorities of the incoming Congress and our ability to provide persuasive information regarding the penetration of safety and wellness programs, along with ways to handle the costs of our proposal," commented ILC Legislative Committee Chair Greg Canose, president of Award Marketing Services, LLC.

Delta explained that ILC members will continue to gather data and case studies that can be brought to Capitol Hill early next year once the 112th Congress has established its legislative agenda.

Founded in 1984, the Incentive Federation is the umbrella legislative organization for the incentive field representing national trade associations, trade publications, and national trade shows. It is the only organization whose membership includes all of the industry's national trade associations and individual companies. The Incentive Marketing Association, the Promotional Products Association International, Recognition Professionals International, The Incentive Research Foundation, and SITE International Foundation are active members.  More information can be found at:

CONTACT: George Delta, Incentive Federation 703-848-7588

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SOURCE Incentive Legislation Campaign