Makers of Over-the-Counter Medicines Call on President Obama to Support Legislation to Restore Consumer Healthcare Savings

Washington, D.C. (November 6, 2014) —  Following President Obama’s post-election press conference and his pledge to work with the new Congress, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is urging the president to support bipartisan and bicameral legislation to repeal a requirement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 that has placed an undue burden on consumers and healthcare providers. In the current Congress, the Restoring Access to Medication Act (H.R. 2835, S. 1647) would repeal this provision that requires consumers to obtain a prescription in order to utilize their flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) to purchase over-the-counter (OTC) medicines.

CHPA President and CEO Scott Melville released the following statement:

“For decades, OTC medicines have been the trusted first-line of treatment for a wide range of health and wellness needs for millions of Americans and their families,” Melville said.  “Today, Americans want to take even greater personal control over their own health for many reasons including cost and convenience. That’s why it is so important for the president to demonstrate support for an improvement to our nation’s healthcare law that would empower the over 45 million Americans who use FSAs and HSAs (the fastest growing health insurance model) to help pay for healthcare expenses that are not covered by insurance.   Requiring these individuals to make an unnecessary trip to the doctor to obtain a prescription for a non-prescription medicine is in direct conflict with the president’s goal to make our nation’s healthcare system more efficient, and we ask him to turn his attention to this simple and necessary fix that would save time and money for both consumers and the healthcare system at large.”

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The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the 133-year-old trade association representing the leading manufacturers and marketers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary supplements. Every dollar spent by consumers on OTC medicines saves the U.S. healthcare system $6-$7, contributing a total of $102 billion in savings each year. CHPA is committed to promoting the increasingly vital role of over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements in America’s healthcare system through science, education, and advocacy.