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What does FSA/HSA eligible mean?

Written on November 18, 2022 by Theresa Vuskovich, DMD. To give you technically accurate, evidence-based information, content published on the Everlywell blog is reviewed by credentialed professionals with expertise in medical and bioscience fields.

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When you shop online with Everlywell, you may have noticed the statement "FSA/HSA accepted." Which products are covered by FSA and HSAs? In this article, learn how FSAs and HSAs can save you money on essential healthcare services and products.

What is a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)?

A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) allows employees to save money on healthcare and medical products [1]. FSA contributions are tax-exempt, meaning you get to keep more of what you earn. You must decide how much you will contribute at the beginning of the plan year [1].

Once you decide how much you will contribute, your employer will deduct untaxed funds from your paycheck for your FSA. You can then use this untaxed money to purchase FSA-eligible products and services.

In 2021, salary contributions to an FSA cannot exceed $2,750 [2]. Starting in 2023, employees can contribute up to $3,050 to their FSA [3]. Any funds not used by the end of your plan year are lost unless you have a grace period or rollover option in your plan.

Who is eligible?

Employees enrolled in a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) can enroll in an HSA. You can enroll in an FSA through your employer. FSAs are not available to self-employed individuals.

What are the benefits of an FSA?

FSAs offer the following benefits: employer contributions are exempt from gross income, contributions are not taxed, qualified medical expenses are reimbursed tax-free, and FSA funds are available at any time, even if you have not deposited the funds [1].

What is a Health Savings Account (HSA)?

A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a personal savings account for paying healthcare expenses. Tax-free withdrawals are available for qualified medical costs, such as deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. You can contribute to an HSA if you have a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) [2].

Who is eligible?

Individuals enrolled in high-deductible health plans (HDHP) can open an HSA [1]. Banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions offer HSAs. Medicare members cannot enroll in an HSA [2]. You can enroll in an HSA if you are self-employed.

HSAs are owned by individuals and allow contributions to roll over, while employers own FSAs. You cannot have both an HSA and an FSA [2].

What are the benefits of an HSA?

You can use your tax-exempt HSA to pay your HDHP's deductible [1]. HSA balances roll over from year to year so that you can accumulate savings for future healthcare expenses. This is one of the significant differences between HSAs and FSAs. Generally, funds are not carried over into the following year in FSAs.

Which healthcare services are FSA/HSA eligible?

Healthcare costs have become a burden for many families, but by opening an FSA or HSA, you can significantly reduce your healthcare expenses. HSAs and FSAs cover a wide range of healthcare services. Eligible services include: [4]

  • Acupuncture
  • Addiction treatment
  • Breast reconstruction surgery (medical diagnosis required)
  • Chiropractor visits
  • Dental care (including orthodontics)
  • Eye surgery
  • Hair loss treatment (medical diagnosis is required)
  • Hypnobirthing classes
  • Immunizations
  • Infertility treatment
  • Mental health therapy
  • Screening services
  • Speech therapy
  • Obesity weight-loss programs (medical diagnosis required)
  • Optometry visits
  • Tobacco cessation programs

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determines which products and services are FSA/HSA eligible [1]. Many of these healthcare services are very expensive, making the ability to pay with tax-exempt funds through FSAs and HSAs a considerable benefit.

Which products are FSA/HSA Eligible?

When you use FSA/HSA tax-exempt dollars, you can buy FSA/HSA-eligible products at stores accepting these saving programs. Everlywell accepts both FSA and HSA. Some FSA/HSA-eligible products include: [4]

  • Artificial limbs
  • At-home lab tests
  • Bandages
  • Birth control pills
  • Breast pumps
  • Clear braces
  • Condoms
  • Contacts
  • COVID-19 tests
  • Dentures
  • Eyeglasses
  • First-aid supplies
  • Guide dogs
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Reading glasses
  • Some over-the-counter (OTC) medications
  • Walkers and canes

The FSA HSA saving programs do not cover vitamins, supplements, or personal items like toothpaste. Providers can write letters of medical necessity (LMN) if they determine an FSA and HSA ineligible service or product is medically necessary [5]. The IRS requires a provider letter verifying the expense for diagnosing, treating, or preventing a disease or condition.

The benefits of an HSA and FSA are easy to see! You can save money on services and products you use daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Remember to use your FSA funds before the end of the year since funds do not carry over into the following year. Check out Everlywell's products page to find FSA and HSA-eligible items.

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1. Publication 969 (2021), health savings accounts, and other tax-favored health plans. URL. Accessed November 16, 2022.

2. Internal Revenue Service provides tax inflation adjustments for tax year 2023. URL. Accessed November 17, 2022.

3. Internal Revenue Service provides tax inflation adjustments for tax year 2023. URL. Accessed November 17, 2022.

4. Publication 502 (2021), medical and dental expenses. URL. Accessed November 17, 2022.

5. Medically necessary. URL. Accessed November 17, 2022.

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