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January 31, 2014

Fifty-seven percent of consumers purchased digital gift cards in December 2013, and 43% purchased physical cards. Data from prepaid product and transaction services company InComm also shows that 80% of consumers purchased digital cards in the six days leading up to Christmas, and 20% of consumers purchased physical cards in the six days leading up to Christmas.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Fifty-seven percent of consumers purchased digital gift cards in December 2013, and 43% purchased physical cards. Data from prepaid product and transaction services company InComm also shows that 80% of consumers purchased digital cards in the six days leading up to Christmas, and 20% of consumers purchased physical cards in the six days leading up to Christmas.

September 19, 2012

Giant Food announced that customers who utilize Coinstar kiosks at its stores now have the option of placing the full value of their coins on to a no-fee Giant Food gift card.

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food announced that customers who utilize Coinstar kiosks at its stores now have the option of placing the full value of their coins on to a no-fee Giant Food gift card.

The gift cards are immediately activated and can be used the same day, Giant Food said. In addition to the Giant Food gift card option, customers also have the opportunity to select a gift card from a variety of national retailers and e-retailers.

September 5, 2012

Safeway on Wednesday announced that it plans to file a registration statement in the United States for a potential initial public offering of a minority ownership stake in Blackhawk Network Holdings, a leading prepaid payments network.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Wednesday announced that it plans to file a registration statement in the United States for a potential initial public offering of a minority ownership stake in Blackhawk Network Holdings, a leading prepaid payments network.

June 1, 2012

This is one of the tweaks health reform needs to make it meaningful and to appropriately align all of the incentives in the right direction — and that's toward overall healthcare cost reduction.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — This is one of the tweaks health reform needs to make it meaningful and to appropriately align all of the incentives in the right direction — and that's toward overall healthcare cost reduction. Because mandating a prescription in order that nonprescription medicines would be eligible expenses under either flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts just never made sense, intuitive or otherwise.

June 14, 2011

One week after the Senate failed to pass an amendment that would have delayed swipe-fee reform for an additional 12 months, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division reportedly is addressing anticompetitive practices related to credit cards.

WASHINGTON — One week after the Senate failed to pass an amendment that would have delayed swipe-fee reform for an additional 12 months, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division reportedly is addressing anticompetitive practices related to credit cards.

The agency has submitted a final consent decree in its enforcement action against Visa and MasterCard, according to the Food Marketing Institute.

February 10, 2011

Companion legislation, which seeks to change a provision in the healthcare-reform law and permit Americans to use their flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts to buy over-the-counter medications without a prescription, has the support of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Companion legislation, which seeks to change a provision in the healthcare-reform law and permit Americans to use their flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts to buy over-the-counter medications without a prescription, has the support of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

December 27, 2010

The IRS issued new guidance Dec. 23 that enables consumers to continue to use flexible spending and health reimbursement account debit cards to purchase prescribed OTC products.

WASHINGTON — Though most might associate the Internal Revenue Service with the Grinch, the IRS came through with a last-minute Christmas present for retailers stung by changes in the tax code related to consumers’ use of flexible spending and health reimbursement accounts to purchase approved OTC products.

November 17, 2010

A coalition of six associations, including the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and the National Association...

WASHINGTON — A coalition of six associations, including the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, on Thursday called on Congress to repeal the requirement that prevents consumers from using their flexible spending accounts to purchase over-the-counter medicines without a prescription as of Jan. 1.

 

November 14, 2010

A panel of healthcare thought leaders has concluded that a recent IRS rule change going...

WASHINGTON — A panel of healthcare thought leaders has concluded that a recent IRS rule change going into effect Jan. 14, 2011, will demand retail system challenges that are operationally impossible to overcome in the limited time frame required.

And the National Association of Chain Drug Stores couldn’t agree more.

November 10, 2010

Save Flexible Spending Plans — a national grassroots advocacy organization sponsored by the Employers Council...

WASHINGTON Save Flexible Spending Plans — a national grassroots advocacy organization sponsored by the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation — on Thursday called on the new leaders in Congress to follow through on their campaign promises and fix problems with the healthcare-reform law, including the removal of to-be-imposed restrictions on employer-provided flexible spending accounts.

 

October 18, 2010

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Tuesday released a letter addressed to the...

September 13, 2010

The Internal Revenue Service earlier this month issued guidance reflecting statutory changes regarding the use...

WASHINGTON The Internal Revenue Service earlier this month issued guidance reflecting statutory changes regarding the use of certain tax-favored arrangements, such as flexible spending arrangements, to pay for over-the-counter medicines and drugs.

November 22, 2009

The simple fact is that healthcare reform in this country has to be paid for...

NEW YORK The simple fact is that healthcare reform in this country has to be paid for somehow. But cutting OTCs out of FSAs amounts to an additional healthcare tax levied against Americans actually trying to save money on health care today. That’s just backward thinking.

September 20, 2009

Determining just how much FSAs are utilized in the purchase of OTCs has always been...

NEW YORK Determining just how much FSAs are utilized in the purchase of OTCs has always been somewhat of a fuzzy science. Thanks to the U.S. Joint Committee on Taxation, we now have a government source suggesting that about $460 million per year in sales tax revenues would have been generated in the ensuing five years. Using state sales tax rates as of July 2009, the mean average tax across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia is 5.1%.

August 2, 2009

Beyond small business being lost in the big government shuffle, NCPA’s emphasis on this issue...

NEW YORK Beyond small business being lost in the big government shuffle, NCPA’s emphasis on this issue only stresses the importance behind over-the-counter medicines and the class of medicine inclusion as an eligible expense under flexible spending accounts.

 

Because, really, there can be only one impetus behind this letter — one of many customers walked into their local community pharmacy attempting to use an FSA debit card and had to be turned away.

 

July 12, 2009

There are a number of conclusions you can glean from the NCPA’s announcement, which runs...

NEW YORK There are a number of conclusions you can glean from the NCPA’s announcement, which runs counter to a Senate proposal to remove over-the-counter medicines as reimbursable expenses under flexible spending accounts/health savings accounts as a way to help pay for healthcare reform.