​Preparing for Back-To-School With Some Of The Most Popular FSA/HSA Eligible Items

Posted by Health Shopper on Aug 11th 2023

As you prepare for the back-to-school season, these updated expenses will help ensure your kids are well-equipped and protected. Utilizing your HSA or FSA funds wisely can not only save you money, but also contribute to your family's overall health and well-being. Enjoy the rest of the summer and happy back-to-school planning!

  • Prescription Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses: These are eligible expenses covered by FSAs and HSAs if prescribed by a qualified eye care professional.
  • Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications: Certain OTC medications, such as pain relievers, allergy medicines, and first aid supplies, were eligible for purchase using FSAs and HSAs without a prescription requirement.
  • Medical Supplies: Back-to-school often involves the purchase of various medical supplies, such as band-aids, thermometers, first aid kits, and more, which may be eligible expenses.
  • Orthodontic Treatment: Some orthodontic treatments, like braces, might be eligible if they are considered medically necessary.
  • Sunscreen and Sunblock: If prescribed by a physician for medical reasons, sunscreen and sunblock products might be eligible.
  • Allergy Medications and Supplies: Items like allergy testing kits, allergy medications, and air purifiers might be eligible for reimbursement.
  • Epinephrine Pens: Epinephrine auto-injectors, such as EpiPens, could be eligible for purchase using FSA and HSA funds.
  • Thermometers: Digital thermometers for checking body temperature were often eligible for purchase with FSA and HSA funds.
  • Inhalers and Nebulizers: Prescription inhalers and nebulizers used to treat respiratory conditions might be eligible.

Please note that eligible expenses can vary based on individual FSA and HSA plans and IRS regulations. It's essential to review your plan documents or consult with your plan administrator to confirm which specific items are covered under your FSA or HSA. Additionally, regulations and eligible expenses may have changed since my last update, so it's best to check the most recent information.