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Eligible Items

Helpful FAQs regarding the eligibility of specific medical items and services

Whereas IRS rules generally prohibit reimbursement for prepayment of expenses (including one-time lump sum payments for medical services not yet incurred), the current regulations include an exception for orthodontia that…
Yes, we have a list of eligible/reimbursable expenses here on our website. While the list is certainly not exhaustive, it includes many of the items and services plan participants ask…
Any procedure (including cosmetic surgery) that is directed at improving the patient's appearance and doesn't meaningfully promote the proper function of the body or prevent or treat illness or disease…
According to IRS regulations, if a doctor prescribes use of a special type of mattress to treat a specific medical condition, then with the doctor's prescription as documentation to support…
According to our tax guide, the cost of a wig purchased upon the advice of a physician for the mental health of a patient who has lost all of his…
Amounts paid to a special school or specially-trained teacher for a learning-disabled child are reimbursable if recommended by a doctor. We will need a letter from the child's physician stating…
IRS Publication 502 (2006), "Medical and Dental Expenses", states in pertinent part: Special Education You can include in medical expenses the cost (tuition, meals, and lodging) of attending a school…
Current IRS regulations concerning Medical Flexible Spending Accounts ("Medical FSAs") create a confusing situation for participants regarding reimbursement for prenatal care and child delivery expenses. This explanation attempts to summarize…
With the increase in situations when employees are paying fees to their physicians or providers for special or preferred services, issues arise as to whether these expenses are reimbursable by…
Because saline, enzymes, storage solutions, and related supplies are considered necessary for the proper care and use of prescription lenses, they are a reimbursable expense.
In almost every case, no. Expenses incurred merely to improve the taxpayer's general health are not reimbursable by an FSA when unrelated to a treatment plan for a specific illness…
Amounts that you pay for insurance to cover medical and/or dental care (hospitalization, surgery, drugs, etc.) are not reimbursable under a health FSA, even though the underlying insurance is for…
Up to $50 per night in lodging expenses will qualify if the following conditions are met: 1. the lodging is primarily for and essential to medical care; 2. the medical…
Teeth whitening is generally not an eligible expense for reimbursement - at least not if tooth discoloration is simply the result of aging and the whitening is done for cosmetic…
Weight loss programs are eligible for reimbursement only when the expense is accompanied by a physician's statement indicating that the program is treatment for a specifically named disease or illness.…
Regarding the treatment of varicose veins, the IRS guidelines for medical reimbursement indicate that if the procedure improves appearance and does not meaningfully promote the proper function of the body…
Massage therapy is generally not eligible for reimbursement unless prescribed by a doctor to treat a specific injury or trauma. The cost of a massage simply to improve general health…
Amounts expended for vitamins, nutritional and herbal supplements, and natural medicines will be reimbursable only if the substance is prescribed by a physician to treat a specific medical condition.  A…
Once care is provided, most registration fees are eligible if they are required for care to be provided.
No, overnight camps are not eligible for reimbursement, even if you separate the expense for the daytime portion and the overnight portion. This ineligibility as a dependent care expense holds…
Although food (such as a lunch program) may be reimbursable in certain circumstances, such as where the expense is incident to and inseparable from the cost of care for the…

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