House passes 'menstrual equality' measure to allow tampon, pad purchases with health spending accounts

The House of Representatives passed on Friday a measure that enables women to use pre-tax money from health flexible spending accounts for menstrual hygiene products. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), who had pushed for the legislation, said it was a "major leap forward" in the fight for menstrual equality.

The House of Representatives passed on Friday a measure that enables women to use pre-tax money from health flexible spending accounts for menstrual hygiene products. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), who had pushed for the legislation, said it was a "major leap forward" in the fight for menstrual equality. "Menstrual hygiene products are essential and necessary for women, and deserve to be items that are permitted to be purchased with health flexible spending account funds," Meng said. "There is no reason why menstrual products should not be included, and I am thrilled that we are on the path to finally changing that wrongheaded policy." The provision to the Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act established that money in health flexible spending accounts can be used on all menstruation-related products. Meng is also sponsoring the Menstrual Equity for All Act, which would mandate that certain groups of girls and women have access to menstrual products, and she has persuaded the Federal Emergency Management Agency to add feminine care products to the list of items made available to homeless assistance providers.