"Over-the-counter" medicines and health spending accounts

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Feb. 15, 2011

Feb. 15, 2011

Changes have taken affect when it comes to over-the-counter drugs paid for with money from health care accounts like Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), and Personal Care Accounts (PCAs).

As of January 1, 2011, the Internal Revenue Service says patients must have a doctor's prescription to buy over-the-counter ("OTC") medicines using funds from these accounts — the same as they would if they were using the funds to buy medicine controlled by the Federal Drug Administration.

Please continue to communicate this important change to your employees and contact your Humana representative or broker.