PHIT Act Nabs 100th Co-Sponsor As Passage Comes Closer

So maybe it is possible for something to get done in Washington, D.C., these days except for partisan impeachment hearings. And in this case bipartisanship has the potential to really, really help the team sports business.

That’s because earlier this month, on December 5 to be exact, Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) became the 100th co-sponsor of the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act. The bill, which allows Americans to use HSAs and FSAs to pay for activity-related expenses, has garnered strong bipartisan support in the House (44D-43R) and Senate (5D-8R) since it was introduced in March 2019. Congressmen Ron Kind (D-WI) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) serve as the lead sponsors of the PHIT Act in the House and Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) are leading the effort in the Senate.

It was natural for Rep. Richmond to become this landmark co-sponsor since he is an advocate for healthy, active lifestyles, always leading by example. As a father and star pitcher of the Congressional Baseball team, the MVP is intent on making activity more affordable for individuals and families across the nation.

“It is very fitting to have Rep. Cedric Richmond as the 100th congressional cosponsor of the PHIT Act,” says Bill Sells, senior VP–Government Relations and Public Affairs at the SFIA. “His leadership both on the field and in congress speak to the positive impact sports have had on his life. His support of the PHIT Act will create increased opportunities for future generations to enjoy the benefits of active lifestyles.”

Promoting active lifestyles is increasingly important as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new study last week, “Prevalence of Prediabetes Among Adolescents and Young Adults in the United States, 2005–2016,” warning Americans that prediabetes is on the rise. The report stated that 18 percent of teenagers and 24 percent of young adults had prediabetes, putting them at risk for developing Type II diabetes and other chronic conditions.