Five surprising ways to spend your FSA

Published: Nov 01, 7:11am GMT+0

This year has been full of changes, right? The list of flexible spending account (FSA) eligible items has changed, too.

FSAs are intended to help you pay for medical expenses by providing you with a tax-free account. However, what is considered an eligible item isn’t always clear. To help clear it up, we’re sharing some categories that you might not have known are considered FSA eligible:

  1. Baby and new mom care: Products used by countless new moms, like diaper cream and nursing pads, are eligible. View baby care products

  2. Feminine care: This new category includes a wide range of menstrual products as well as yeast infection treatments. View feminine care products.

  3. Sunscreen: Lotions and sprays of SPF level 15+ are now eligible. View sunscreen products.

  4. Oral care: From teething gel to oral pain relief to denture products, oral care is eligible through all stages of life. View oral care products.

  5. First aid: Take care of scrapes, bruises, rashes, sunburns and even lice with eligible products. View first aid products.

Some of these have been FSA-eligible items for decades but required a prescription to qualify since 2011. The CARES Act, passed in March 2020 and retroactive to January 1, 2020, made some of these items eligible without a prescription.

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