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Dietary supplements may be treated as medical expenses

In new legislation introduced by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the new "Dietary Supplement Tax Fairness Act of 2001" (Bill S.1330) would ensure that vitamins, minerals, herbs, and specialty supplements will be covered by health insurance plans. Senator Harkin said that giving dietary supplements parity with prescription drugs under the US tax code would advance sound healthcare policy. The first comprehensive national survey on the use of dietary supplements, the Dietary Supplement Barometer Survey, found that the majority of Americans believes in supplements and takes them on a regular basis. PRNewswire, September 4, 2001.

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