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Health Care Law Change To Flexible Spending Accounts Could Be A ‘Huge Hassle’

WASHINGTON — A headache awaits people who use those tax-free health spending accounts to pay for over-the-counter allergy relievers, heartburn blockers and other drugstore remedies. Starting next year, you’ll need a prescription for th…

WASHINGTON — A headache awaits people who use those tax-free health spending accounts to pay for over-the-counter allergy relievers, heartburn blockers and other drugstore remedies. Starting next year, you’ll need a prescription for the drugs to qualify.

The change in so-called Flexible Spending Accounts is part of the new health care law, and doctors are bracing for patient confusion and annoyance as they decide how to handle prescription requests for products that people normally use on their own.

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