AADA opposes indoor tanning tax repeal

March 8, 2017
The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) has sent a letter to congressional leaders opposing the repeal of the indoor tanning tax. Among several provisions, the proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act ― the American Health Care Act (AHCA) ― would repeal the indoor tanning tax.

In the letter, AADA President Henry Lim, MD, states, “With an epidemic of skin cancer which has grown to more than 4 million in number annually, dermatologists have made it a priority to advance public policies that promote prevention and education about skin cancer and the dangers of indoor tanning. By helping to raise awareness of the dangers of indoor tanning, the tax also can serve as a deterrent to help mitigate the risks associated with indoor tanning which are often not shared with customers of indoor tanning facilities.” According the Congressional Budget Office, repealing the indoor tanning tax will add $800 million to the federal deficit.

Other health care groups are lining up to oppose the AHCA. Citing concerns over the reduction in health care coverage, the American Medical Association sent a letter to congressional leaders opposing the legislation. Additionally, the American Hospital Association has stated that the process should not advance until the Congressional Budget Office has estimated the cost of the legislation.

Read more about the AADA’s position on this and other issues in Dermatology World.