The health benefits of tax credits and broadband access
ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – Dr. Colleen Fogarty, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Rochester, knows all about the link between tax credits and broadband access and health benefits.
“The earned income tax credit can give families a refund at tax time or reduce the amount of taxes owed and there is a really big benefit here, especially for the children of these families,” he said. said Dr Fogarty. “This advantage is that there is access to additional resources. So if a parent needs to offer their child some type of thing for their school or some other resource that will help the growth and development of the child, that is a significant availability. In the area of health, we know that there are social determinants of health, and for families who do not have enough money, it can be a big obstacle to going to the doctor or doing other things. activities that promote health. So the amount here is worth up to $ 6,600 depending on the size of the family and depending on the income and marital status of the family.
Dr Fogarty added: “These dollars can be spent on local or fresh produce or other types of activities, maybe dues for a small sports team or other types of things like that. family can not normally do. “
To apply for the EITC, you must file an income tax return.
Regarding broadband access, Dr Fogarty explained that efforts to make the internet more widely available are essential when it comes to the overall health of a family.
“For the kids in this pandemic age who needed to be on Zoom for school, we know that children’s main job, if you will, is to grow, develop and learn. And our education systems enable children to learn and develop. So for families who had limited access to broadband or did not have access to it, these kids were really left behind with no education opportunity. So that’s an advantage. The other advantage is that the availability of information these days, as you know, is very dependent on the Internet. And so, someone who has access to medical information – health information – or goes to the patient portal and accesses their own healthcare team, consults their own labs – a parent who suddenly needs to. Immunization records for something that is due at school can log into their children’s health record and print their immunization record. So, again, broadband really allows people to learn and grow and thrive in healthcare as well. “
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