As we adjust to this “new normal” the added attention Americans are giving their health is a good thing, and we are hopeful that policymakers in Washington will consider ways to increase access to nutritional supplements as a result.
Decades of evidence has proven that a healthy lifestyle based on exercise, sleep, and good choices offers the greatest hope for reducing the risk of life-threatening diseases. This “health-first” approach is also the best public policy path for America because it cuts health care costs, hospital stays, expensive treatments, and the corrosive personal and economic effects of an extended or chronic illness.
We all know that Americans are overfed and undernourished, particularly lower-income Americans. According to available data, 95 percent of adults and 98 percent of teens have an inadequate vitamin D intake, and 61 percent of adults and 90 percent of teens do not get enough magnesium.  Additionally, more than 23 million Americans, including 6.5 million children, live in food deserts – areas that are more than a mile away from a supermarket. 
Improving nutrition across America is one of the most obvious low-cost, high-benefit public policies we should embrace. This is why the industry has long advocated for the modernization of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) definition of “medical expenses” – it currently denies Americans reimbursement for nutritional and dietary supplements through their Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs).