CYC and the CARES Act

  • General News
    Published May 18, 2020

    On Friday, March 27, President Donald Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act"). The CARES Act provides additional eligible expenses for users of health savings accounts (HSAs), flexible spending accounts (FSAs), and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). New eligible expenses include menstrual care products, telehealth services, and over the counter (OTC) drugs not prescribed by a physician retroactively effective to January 1, 2020.

    What is Connect Your Care (CYC) doing to implement the requirements of the CARES Act?

    CYC is in the process of operationalizing the requirements of this new act by implementing the following:

    CYC Claims Processors - The CYC claims team has been trained to handle eligible OTC and feminine hygiene products purchased on or after January 1, 2020. Starting the week of April 6, 2020, manual claims will be approved and CYC will no longer require a letter of medical necessity for OTC products.

    SIGIS/IIAS Updates (payment card merchant) - SIGIS, the governing body over the IIAS database, is anticipating that approximately 20,000 medicine-based OTC and hygiene products will be added to their database release, which is currently scheduled for April 15. CYC anticipates most major retailers will have these updates in place by late April or early May.

    Member website - The list of eligible expenses on CYC's website has been updated.

    For more information contact your Premera account team.

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