Other State Benefits

Changes to the Health Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

May 2020 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) contains important provisions that directly affect you if you participate in the Health FSA: 

  • It permanently reinstates coverage of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and medicines without a prescription. This allows you to be reimbursed for items such as Tylenol, Advil, Claritin, and Tamiflu. This eliminates the need to ask your doctor for unnecessary prescriptions.
  • Menstrual products (such as tampons, pads, liners, etc.) are now included as qualifying expenses.

These items are retroactive to January 1, 2020. You cannot make a change in your current Health FSA election because of the new provisions now, but you will be able to make a new election during the Enrollment and Change period later this year for coverage in 2021.  

To take advantage of these current changes, you will need the same documentation used for other claims in order to be reimbursed. You will need an itemized receipt from the merchant indicating the store name, purchase date, description of product, and cost of the item.

Additional information about these changes are available on the ASI website.