Legislation exempting certain consumer medical devices from sales and use tax is under consideration in state legislatures across the country. So far this year, lawmakers in 17 states have considered bills that would exempt either menstrual products, adult incontinence products, or both. These products are regulated as Class I or Class II medical devices. CHPA supports the sales tax exemption for consumer medical devices, along with OTC medicines and dietary supplements, in all states as a way to increase access and encourage treatment for common ailments, before they become serious.
This week, Vermont S.B. 53, a bill proposing exemption for feminine hygiene products from the Vermont sales and use tax, received a hearing in the House Ways & Means Committee. In March, the bill was passed out of the House unanimously. CHPA submitted testimony supporting this legislation.