Policy

About:

This policy sets out to increase the availability and affordability of menstrual hygiene products for women and girls with limited access, and for other purposes.

Country

USA

Region

Organisation Location

Federal

Date of Introduction

07.02.2017

Status of Policy

Introduced

Specific Person/s

Ms. Meng (for herself, Mr. Grijalva, Ms. Norton, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Ms. Moore, Mr. Conyers, Ms. Lee, Ms. Bonamici, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Mr. GutiƩrrez, Ms. Lofgren, Ms. Jayapal, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Meeks, Ms. Kelly of Illinois, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Payne, Mr. Hastings, and Ms. Clarke of New York

Description

This policy sets out to increase the availability and affordability of menstrual hygiene products for women and girls with limited access, and for other purposes. The legislation would:
– Allow individuals to buy menstrual hygiene products with money they contribute to their flexible spending accounts.
– Provide a refundable tax credit to low-income individuals who regularly use menstrual hygiene products.
– Allow grant funds from the Emergency Food and Shelter Grant Program, which can be used by homeless assistance providers for essential household items, to be used for menstrual hygiene products.
– Require each state to provide menstrual hygiene products to female inmates and detainees, at no cost and on demand, as a condition of receiving funds from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.
– Direct the Secretary of Labor to require employers with 100 or more employees to provide menstrual hygiene products to their employees free of charge.