COVID-19 and the Health Savings Account (HSA)

Paying for Over-the-Counter Drugs and Feminine Hygiene Products

Previously, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) required a prescription from a physician for over-the-counter (OTC) drugs to be eligible for reimbursement from a Health Savings Account (HSA). Now, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act eliminates that requirement, meaning you can use before-tax accounts to pay for OTC drugs without a prescription.

The CARES Act also recognizes feminine hygiene products as eligible for reimbursement from your before-tax accounts, but masks, surgical gloves and hand sanitizers generally are not.

COVID-19 and the EAP

Stay Informed with Health Advocate

Get the facts about COVID-19 and learn how to keep you and your family safe and healthy with free webinars from Health Advocate.

The Psychological Effects of COVID-19

This 15-minute webinar addresses the emotional impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Facts, Information and Emotional Impact of COVID-19

This 49-minute webinar covers:

  • Understanding COVID-19
  • Identifying its symptoms
  • Preventing its spread
  • Developing self-care strategies
  • Helping your children cope
  • Managing stress and fear

Stay Healthy

Click on the EAP+WORK/LIFE tab at the top of your Health Advocate homepage to access the COVID-19 Resources tile, as well as content on emotional well-being, personal growth, relationships, and financial, legal and health issues.

And don’t forget about Health Advocate’s services, referrals and support for work and family issues. They’re free and available 24/7. Hess covers all of your calls to Health Advocate and up to eight outpatient counseling sessions per issue per calendar year in full.

Health Advocate is Ready To Help

If you need support during this time of crisis, contact Health Advocate at 1-877-583-8787 or healthadvocate.com/hess.

This website provides highlights of the Hess Corporation benefits plans and programs for 2020. If there is any discrepancy between the information provided on this website and the official plan documents, the official plan documents will govern. Hess reserves the right to amend or terminate the plans at its discretion at any time.