St. Louis Representative David Levin received bi-partisan support for health care tax deduction proposal. The Ways and Means Committee even unamiously approved it in late February. But Committee Chair Joan Bray didn't hand the bill to the full House until Wednesday, virtually guaranteeing that it will not be debated this session.
Date: April 23, 1998
By: Caroline C. Noel
State Capital Bureau A bill that would have allowed individuals to claim tax deductions for out-of-pocket health care premiums will NOT make it to the House floor this session. Caroline Noel reports from Jefferson City.
The bill received bipartisan support in the House and even unanimous approval in the Ways and Means Committee. But Committee Chair Joan Bray sit on the bill until Wednesday, making it too late to act on this session. She insists it wasn't a true top priority, and its widespread support was just election year politics.Bill sponsor David Levin says he will modify the bill to allow outright tax credits for out-of-pocket health care costs, and will re-introduce it next session. From the Capital this is Caroline Noel.