Over-the-Counter Changes

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Effective January 1, 2011, Over-the-Counter (OTC) drugs and medicines are no longer eligible for reimbursement under an FSA or HRA without a prescription from your attending provider. This includes OTC items like:

  • digestive aids  
  • allergy drugs
  • pain relief
  • cold and cough medicines
  • sleep aids
  • anti-gas meds
  • baby rash creams
  • insect bite treatments.

Items like eyeglasses, wrist splints and band aids, as well as durable medical items such as crutches and canes, will continue to be reimbursed without a doctor’s prescription.

If you wish to continue purchasing and submitting claims for tax-free OTCs you must obtain a doctor’s prescription for the items you want reimbursed.


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