As part of the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs (such as Tylenol® and Prilosec® OTC) will no longer be an eligible expense for HCSA benefits effective January 1, 2011, unless accompanied by a prescription.

OTC expenses incurred between now and December 31, 2010 : If you are a current HCSA participant, OTC expenses for the rest of this calendar year will not need a prescription and may be paid with your Benefit Strategies HCSA debit card (as long as you have a remaining balance available).

OTC expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2011 will require a doctor's written directive: To be reimbursed for doctor-ordered OTC drugs, you may pay for the OTC drugs and then submit a claim form along with the prescription and the receipt to Benefit Strategies for reimbursement.

This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission .