Tireless public-policy advocate

ACE is a sought-after educator and influencer where public policy is written. We work in Washington, DC and in capital buildings from Austin to St. Paul, Spokane to Tallahassee. We press for legislation to create more opportunities for more well-qualified exercise professionals and health coaches to impact more lives. And we rally alongside other health advocates and physical-activity promoters as part of the broader cause to bring physical activity to Americans of every age, demographic and income level.

See legislation on which ACE advocates at the federal level.

See legislation on which ACE advocates at the state level.

Federal

Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT)

PHIT would allow use of pre-tax medical accounts such as Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts to be utilized for most forms of physical activity and safety equipment used while engaging in physical activity. It would enable those who could use the help of a well-qualified exercise professional more options to pay for such services. Examples of acceptable expenses include personal trainers, group exercise classes, gym memberships, youth and adult sports leagues, dance classes, exercise equipment, and much more. PHIT came close to passing in the 115th Congress and will be re-introduced early in the 116th Congress.

ACE Position: Supports

Current Status: Waiting for Re-Introduction in the 116th Congress

Bill Resources

None currently but please check back regularly as this will change once it is introduced

State

WV H 2548 — Healthy Living Tax Credit

H 2548 would allow individuals a tax credit equal to the amount they paid (with a limit of $1000) to engage in physical activity such as gym memberships, group fitness classes, personal training, youth and adult sports. ACE believes that that government efforts should play a role to encourage physical activity and lessen barriers to participation.

ACE Position: Supports

Current Status: In Committee

Bill Resources

None currently but please check back regularly as this may change

WV SB 83 - Removes Exemption on Taxes for Health Club Memberships and Services

Currently, health club memberships and services provided in them such as personal training or group fitness classes are exempt from the West Virginia state sales tax. SB 83would remove that exemption, adding to the cost of membership and services and creating potential barriers to people engaging in physical activity.

ACE Position: Oppose

Current Status: In Committee

Bill Resources

None currently but please check back regularly as this may change