In my searching to buy a new pump with my FSA card, I have noticed many inconsistencies in how retailers are complying with the law. My hunch is that the separate, but also new, law about OTC drugs is actually causing problems for the breastpump policy and the ease of getting a new pump with FSA. I am getting a lot of "oh you need a doctor's note for that now" replies. Uh no, you don't--that's a different law altogether and doesn't apply to breastpumps, which have never been covered before this year. But they don't get it.
Has anyone had experience with this or know the best way to deal with it?
I am getting very frustrated because I can buy certain pumps with my FSA card and not others--and of course not the one I want. And the retailers have no clue what they are doing and are generally unhelpful.
It's ridiculous because I know if I used cash, then waited until next year and added it to my 2011 return, I could put just about anything on there and it would fly--they aren't going to be distinguishing between brands of pumps while reviewing your tax form--and rightly so. But because I don't want to be out $200 until next year, I am subject to all this mess?
I think something needs to be done ASAP so that mothers who have FSA--a system that benefits employers and the IRS probably more so than the participant--aren't hindered in using the breastpump benefit.