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What Is Typically Covered by A Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

What Is Typically Covered by A Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Kevin Cleary

What does your Flexible Spending Account cover, or not cover? 

In order to maximize your pre-tax Flexible Spending Account (FSA) contributions, it is important to know what is typically covered through your FSA account. With all the products available in the health and medical field, knowing what is and isn’t covered by an FSA may seem confusing. What may seem like a common medical expense may actually not be covered. As your partner in health and wellness, Health Products For You can clear up some of the confusion and misinformation. 

The Basics of an FSA Account 

If you have an employer-provided FSA you already probably understand what it entails, but for those who may not know or may be offered one for the first time you will certainly have some questions.  

According to healthcare.gov a Flexible Spending Account or FSA is an arrangement with your employer that allows you to pay for out-of-pocket medical and health-related expenses using pre-tax money. The money you contribute to an FSA is tax-free and lowers your taxable income, which can be a benefit for you. Your contribution limit is set by your employer and what you decide to contribute is your choice up to those limits.  

 

What Is and Isn’t Covered by Your FSA  

You may think that any medical expense is covered by an FSA. Unfortunately, that is not the case. There are expenses that are eligible for FSA dollars and some that are not. 

Being able to maximize your FSA contributions means understanding what you can and can’t spend these pre-tax dollars on. Some examples of eligible medical expenses may include but are not limited to:  

  • Co-payments  
  • Deductibles  
  • Prescription medications  
  • Medical equipment such as crutches, bandages, and blood glucose test kits  
  • OTC products such as antacids, antibiotic ointment, and allergy/sinus medication  
  • Breast pumps  
  • Cold and flu medication (OTC)  
  • Sunscreen  
  • Baby monitors  
  • Heating pads  
  • First-aid supplies  
  • Catheters  
  • Ostomy supplies  

This is only a partial list of the many over the counter and prescription medical aids that are FSA eligible. Be sure to save receipts just in case the IRS asks. Knowing what is eligible is only part of the equation in understanding your FSA. Items that may not be FSA eligible may include:  

  • Children’s every day diapers  
  • Healthcare premiums  
  • Skincare products such as cleansers, face creams, or even moisturizers  
  • Cosmetic surgery  
  • Dental products such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, or dental floss  
  • Vitamins and supplements  

Maximizing your pre-tax contributions means understanding that if you don’t use your yearly FSA contributions by the end of the year, they are forfeited. Depending upon your employer, they may extend a grace period during the following year for eligible purchases, or you may be able to rollover some FSA dollars. 

Be sure to check with your plan administrator to verify that your medical expense is truly FSA eligible and if there is any carryover or grace period for your plan.  

Health Products For You has many FSA eligible products for you purchase. Don’t let your FSA dollars expire - check out our website! 

 

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HPFY Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.

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