As you may be aware, the President recently signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Act). While the broad scope of the Act has been well reported, we want to make sure that you are aware of the effect the law will have on your WageWorks health care account.

First, there is no change until January 1, 2011. However, beginning January 1, 2011, a doctor's prescription will be required in order for you to receive reimbursement of expenses incurred when purchasing certain commonly used over-the-counter (OTC) medicines like Claritin, Advil and Robitussin cough syrup. Because the new law requires a prescription for these types of items before we can reimburse you from your account, you will no longer be able to make these purchases using your Health Care Card (Card).

You will continue to be able to use your Card at pharmacies and stores for prescriptions, band-aids and other OTC medical items and at providers for office visits, copayments and eligible health care, vision and dental procedures and services. We want to emphasize that the change will not take place until January 1, 2011. Until that date, you can still use your Card for all eligible OTC items without a doctor's prescription.

WageWorks is committed to helping you understand the changes, what they mean for your account and how they may affect your future health care expense planning. To that end, watch for additional communications to come.