BOSTON (CBS) – There are some over-the-counter medication that require you to get a prescription for now.

Sandy in Charlton Declared her Curiosity, asking, “Why do I now have to get a doctor to write a prescription for my aspirin and cold medicine in order to use my flexible spending account to pay for it?”

It’s part of the health care reform law Congress passed and President Obama signed in 2010.

Flexible spending accounts let people contribute money from their paychecks, before taxes, to cover expenses that insurance does not.

But, you have to use that money by the end of the year or lose it, so in the past, people would stock up on common items like aspirin and cold medicine. That’s not an option anymore, unless you have a prescription.

So why did they change it? The government is hoping to make some extra money from taxes to help pay for other reforms in the health care bill.

Comments (4)
  1. taxedout says:

    Extra money for the goverment…I don’t believe it!!!!

  2. emom says:

    Yeah and those that contribute to the flexably spending account but hardly use it before the end of the year , well what a waste,,,,,, I rather put all that money in my pocket instead of letting anyone having a freakin penny of it. If I need certain things just buy with a coupon and when its on sale save awhole lot better that way… .

  3. kate says:

    Oh Come on – enough is enough already.

  4. response says:

    This is just closing a loophole.
    If you do not contribute to a fsa, you don’t have to worry about it. If you purchase aspirin, or cold medicine with your take home pay, you don’t have to worry about it.
    If you have children with braces, it’s a win/win as you can pay with pre tax dollars for orthodontist work. If you have to take something that is not covered by your insurance, the fsa is a great way to save money.

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