The $2 trillion Coronavirus stimulus bill, called the CARES Act, is making headlines as the largest rescue package in American history. It also includes several provisions that will make a major impact on those with health savings accounts (HSAs), flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs).
HSA-qualified health plans can cover telemedicine
For plan years beginning on or before December 31, 2021, telemedicine and remote care service expenses can be covered before you meet your deductible, or with reduced or no cost-sharing by your health plan, without making you ineligible for HSA contributions. This is great news amid the Coronavirus pandemic, since you can access a remote physician and not jeopardize HSA eligibility.
You don't need an RX to get reimbursed for OTC medicine
The CARES Act repeals the prescription requirement for over-the-counter drug and medicine reimbursement. No need to see a physician in order to use tax-free HSA dollars for things like Tylenol, Advil, cough syrup and more.
Menstrual care products now qualify for reimbursement
This is a big win for the 100-million plus women in this country. The CARES Act adds tampons, pads, liners, cups and sponges as qualified medical expenses. Now, you can use tax-free money to buy these important necessities.
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