Surency Flex COVID-19 Update For our Members
Updated March 30, 2020
Changes to Eligible Over the Counter (OTC) Medications
The $2-trillion stimulus package recently passed by Congress permanently reintroduces coverage of Over the Counter (OTC) drugs and medicines as eligible for reimbursement if you have a FSA, HRA, HSA, and/or Archer MSA without the need of a prescription. This change is effective for expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2020.
This bill includes two key provisions that will help if you are enrolled in a FSA, HSA and/or HRA during this time. Changes include the following:
- Over the Counter Rx Revoked: Written prescriptions will no longer be required for Over the Counter (OTC) drugs, including items like Tylenol, Claritin, Tamiflu, etc. when purchased with a FSA, HSA or HRA, effective immediately and retroactive to January 1, 2020.
This means if you are enrolled in a FSA, HSA and HRA you can again buy Over the Counter (OTC) medicines you need to remain healthy.
- Menstrual Care Products Included: The addition of menstrual care products are now eligible expenses under a FSA, HSA or HRA, effective immediately and retroactive to January 1, 2020.
The timeline for merchants to implement the changes for debit card transactions will occur gradually (within 4-6 weeks of the bill signing). However, it is important to emphasize that each merchant will adhere to its own timeline for completion of this process based on its own internal considerations, and card processors have no ability to influence this. We expect any issues like this to be temporary and resolved in a short time-frame.
HOW DOES THIS IMPACT MY CLAIMS?
You can continue to submit expenses incurred for eligible Over the Counter (OTC) items through your Member Account at Surency.com, the Surency Flex Mobile App, or return to Surency Flex via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax at 316-272-4841 and Surency will reimburse you via check or direct deposit based on the payment preferences set with each member’s account.
Contact our Customer Service Team with any questions or concerns you may have at 866-818-8805 or through our online form here.
We are extremely excited about this change and the opportunity to provide affordable access to Over the Counter (OTC) items via tax advantaged benefits.
We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available on this industry wide effort.
Updated March 25, 2020
We are working diligently to ensure your needs are met.
Our customer service team is available to you by phone at 1-866-818-8805 to answer any questions you may have. In addition, our comprehensive website, Surency.com, is available 24 hours a day – 7 days a week to access your Member Account.
COVID-19 Preparedness and Your FSA
As COVID-19 virus continues to make an impact across the globe, you may be wondering what medical-related items are FSA-eligible. Visit our partner, FSAStore.com, to learn more items that may help with any virus preparedness plan.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to help Americans with expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are two key items that may be helpful to you.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act states that testing for coronavirus is free to the public (without having to use deductibles or copayments). The legislation comes a week after the IRS provided guidance which stated that High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) would cover the cost of coronavirus-related testing and treatment, even if the individual covered by the HDHP hadn’t met their deductible.
Telemedicine (or telehealth) has played an important role in enabling healthcare professionals to screen patients to determine if they should be tested for coronavirus. Wednesday’s legislation specifically addressed expenses related to telemedicine as being covered.
Surency is continuing to provide updates as the situation progresses. Please visit our website for periodic updates at Surency.com/COVID-19.