Over the Counter Drugs Cannot be Purchased by Pre-tax Money


According to the new healthcare rules, starting in January you will not be allowed to purchase over-the-counter drugs and medicines using your Flexible Savings Account (FSA) anymore unless you have a doctor’s prescription.

This new rule will inevitably cause people not to purchase drugs that may be essential to them like aspirins, cough medication or vitamins unless they are absolutely necessary, in which case they have to consult a doctor first. This might even affect people’s purchases of heartburn cures, allergy medications or even nicotine gum to help stop smoking.

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