Lawmakers Introduce Bill That Would Allow Taxpayers To Donate Income Tax Refunds to HHS Offices
To reduce disparities in health care for women and minorities, Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) introduced legislation last week that would allow taxpayers to allocate some of their income tax refunds to the Office of Minority Health and the Office on Women's Health, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The two offices, operated by HHS, would split the donations evenly. Lewis said, "We need to find out why this gap exists between the majority population and the minority population. So many of the trials at the NIH and other health research centers do not include women." He added that the legislation could provide millions of dollars for the two offices (Eversley, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 6/23).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.