I just got my firm’s benefits enrollment package for next year, and there was one change that really stuck out to me as ridiculous:
Starting January 1, 2011, in order to use FSA dollars to purchase over the counter medicine, you will need a prescription.
Think of the look your doctor will give you the first time you ask for a prescription for Tylenol.
This is completely ridiculous. (Just to be clear, I am not blaming my firm, this is not their decision. It’s either statutory or imposed by the benefits adminsitrating company).
How is this going to be administered? Will the teenage idiot behind the counter have to ask everyone that buys Tylenol if they have a ‘scrip in order to use FSA dollars? Will the purchaser have to send a copy of the scrip into the company to verify each purchase? Does the perscription have to specify an amount? Can I keep reusing the same perscription?
Who came up with this utter stupidity, and what functional purpose could it possibly serve?!