IRS Allows Breast-Feeding Equipment Deductions

WASHINGTON — In response to a request from Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Reps. Sander Levin (D-MI) and Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday it will reverse a ruling that denies equipment used to help women breast feed from being covered as a health care expense.

The previous ruling excluded breast pumps from coverage under flexible health spending accounts and made them non-deductible on tax returns.

Merkley, Harkin, Levin, and Maloney wrote to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman in November to call for the decision to be reversed. Senators Merkley and Harkin were joined by 9 other senators; 32 other House members joined Reps. Levin and Maloney.