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Hennepin County
Eligible Expense List

Type of ExpenseEligible?Plan TypeDetails
Type of ExpenseEligible?Plan TypeDetails
AA meetings, transportation toPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Will qualify with a letter of medical necessity from a medical practitioner that AA membership is necessary to treat alcoholism.

AbortionYesHealth Care Expense Account

If legal

Acne treatmentPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Products for the treatment of acne only, regular skin care products do not qualify. Examples: Skin ID, Proactiv and anything that primarily treats acne. When an expense has both medical and cosmetic purposes, a note from a physician recommending the item to treat a specific medical condition is required.

AcupressureYesHealth Care Expense Account

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AcupunctureYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Adaptive equipmentPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

To qualify, the item must be used to relieve or alleviate sickness or disability. Depending on the nature of the item, only amounts above the cost of the regular version of the item will qualify. Includes various items that assist individuals in performing activities of daily living (e.g., feeding, bathing). See also Capital expenses; Home improvements.

Adult daycarePotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify only if (1) such expenses are not for medical services; (2) the elderly person is a qualifying individual; and (3) in the case of services provided outside the employee's household, the person still regularly spends at least eight hours each day in the employee's household. Elder daycare will often qualify, but around-the-clock care in a nursing home will not. Note that long-term care insurance will not qualify.

After-school care or extended day programs (supervised activities after school)PotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify if used to enable the employee and spouse to be gainfully employed. Programs that are generally educational in nature (e.g., tuition) will not qualify.

Agency feePotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify if it is an expense that must be paid in order to obtain the related care. However, the fee cannot be reimbursed until care is provided. Fees that are forfeited (e.g., because the employee selects a different provider) will not qualify.

Air conditionersPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

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Air purifierPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

A note from a medical practitioner is needed to confirm that the expense is primarily for medical care.

AirborneYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Alcoholism treatmentYesHealth Care Expense Account

Amounts paid for in-patient treatment (including meals and lodging) at a therapeutic center for alcohol addiction will qualify.

Allergy medicinesYesHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Alavert, Claritin, Zyrtec

Allergy treatmentsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Expenses generally won't qualify if the product would be purchased or owned without allergies(i.e. pillows and vacuum cleaners). However, items such as air purifiers or water filters necessary to treat a specific medical condition might qualify

Alternative healers, dietary substitutes, and drugs and medicinesYesHealth Care Expense Account

Non-traditional healing products may qualify if provided to treat a specific medical condition. The treatments must be legal and the expenses will not qualify if the remedy is a food or substitute for food that the person would normally consume in order to meet nutritional requirements.

AmbulanceYesHealth Care Expense Account

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AntacidsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Maalox, Prilosec OTC, Zantac

Anti-itch creamsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Benadryl, Cortaid, Ivarest

Anti-snore guardsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

The expense must be recommended to treat a diagnosed medical condition (e.g., sleep apnea).

Antibiotic ointmentsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Bacitracin, Neosporin

Antifungal productsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Appearance improvementsNoHealth Care Expense Account

See also Cosmetic procedures; Cosmetics; Toiletries.

AntisepticsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Arch supportsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Arm slingYesHealth Care Expense Account

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AromatherapyNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Arthritis glovesYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Artificial limbsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Artificial teethYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Arts and crafts feeNoDependent Care Assistance Account

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AspirinYesMedical FSA, HSA

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Assisted livingNoDependent Care Assistance Account

See Custodial care and Elder care.

Asthma treatmentsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Delivery devices (e.g., inhalers and nebulizers) will qualify. Medication must be prescribed.

Birth control pillsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Birthing classesPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Expenses may qualify to the extent that instruction relates to birth and not childrearing. The fee should be adjusted to exclude instruction in topics such as newborn care. Expenses for the coach or significant other do not qualify.

Blood storagePotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Fees for temporary storage (i.e. up to one year) may qualify under some circumstances such as where the blood is collected as part of the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of an existing or imminent medical condition (e.g., in advance of a scheduled surgery for use in a possible transfusion). Fees for indefinite storage just in case the blood might be needed would not be considered medical care and do not qualify.

Blood-pressure monitoring devicesYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Athletic mouth guardsNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Au pairYesDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify to the extent that the amounts paid are for the care of a qualifying individual. Household services not directly related to the care of the qualifying individual will not qualify. In addition, an up-front fee paid to employ the au pair may qualify if it must be paid in order to obtain the related care, but it cannot be reimbursed until care is provided. See Nanny.

Automobile ModificationsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

If modifications are made for physically handicapped person. To show that the expense is primarily for medical care, a note from a medical practitioner is required.

Baby Bottles or CupsNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Baby ElectrolytesYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Baby formulaPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

If your baby requires a special formula to treat an illness or disorder, the difference in cost between the special formula and routine baby formula can qualify. A letter of medical necessity from a medical practitioner is required.

Baby oilNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Baby powderNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Baby WipesNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Babysitter (inside or outside employee's household)PotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify if used to enable the employee and spouse to be gainfully employed. Will not qualify if the babysitter is (1) under age 19 and is the employee's child, step-child, or eligible foster child; (2) an individual for whom the employee or spouse can claim a deduction on IRS Form 1040; (3) the employee's spouse; or (4) a parent of the employee's under age13 qualifying child.

Back-up or emergency carePotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify if used to enable the employee and spouse to be gainfully employed and other applicable conditions are met. See Babysitter.

BactineYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Bandages, elastic wrapYesHealth Care Expense Account

Example: Ace bandages

Bandages, for torn or injured skinYesHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Band-Aid, Curad

Before-school care or extended day programs (supervised activities before school)YesDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify if used to enable the employee and spouse to be gainfully employed. Programs that are generally educational in nature (e.g., tuition) will not qualify.

BiofreezeYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Blood-sugar test kits and test stripsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Boarding schoolNoDependent Care Assistance Account

Will not qualify as it is educational in nature and generally includes hours when the employee and spouse are not gainfully employed.

Body scansYesHealth Care Expense Account

Body scans employing MRIs and similar technologies are diagnostic services. See also Diagnostic items/services; Screening tests.

Braille Books or MagazinesYesHealth Care Expense Account

Only the amount paid above the cost of regular printed materials will be reimbursed.

Breast pumps and suppliesYesHealth Care Expense Account

Breast pumps and other supplies that assist lactation will qualify. Examples: Bottles, storage bags, cleaning wipes, car adapter

Breast reconstruction surgery following mastectomyDual-PurposeHealth Care Expense Account

Will qualify to the extent that surgery was done following a mastectomy due to cancer. This is an exception to the general rules regarding cosmetic procedures. See also Cosmetic procedures.

Breathe rite stripsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Bug sprayYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Caffeine pillsNoHealth Care Expense Account

Example: No Doze

Calamine lotionYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Callous removersYesHealth Care Expense Account

Both the tool and liquid/lotion removers qualify.

CaltrateYesHealth Care Expense Account

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CampPotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

See Day camp and Overnight camp.

Cane, walkingYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Capital expensesPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

May qualify if done to accommodate a disability. If the improvement is permanent and increases the value of the property, the expense will qualify only to the extent that the improvement cost exceeds the increase in property value. If the improvement does not increase the property value at all, then the entire cost may qualify. Items that usually do not increase property value include constructing entrance or exit ramps, widening or modifying doorways or hallways, installing railings or support bars to bathrooms, lowering or modifying kitchen cabinets or equipment, moving or modifying electrical outlets and fixtures, installing porch lifts, modifying fire alarms or smoke detectors, modifying other warning systems, and modifying stairways.

Cardiac therapyYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Carpal tunnel wrist supportsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Cast coversYesHealth Care Expense Account

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ChapstickNoHealth Care Expense Account

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ChauffeurNoDependent Care Assistance Account

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Childbirth classesPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Expenses may qualify to the extent that instruction relates to birth and not childrearing. The fee should be adjusted to exclude instruction in topics such as newborn care. Expenses for the coach or significant other do not qualify.

Childbirth CoachNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Chinese Herbal Doctor/herbsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Since the IRS looks at these expenses very closely, the treatments must be legal and the expense must not be a food or a substitute for food.

Chiropractic AdjustmentsYesHealth Care Expense Account
ChondroitinYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Christian Scientific PractitionersPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Fees paid for specific medical care only; detailed documentation is required to show the specific medical charges.

CircumcisionYesHealth Care Expense Account

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ClothingNoDependent Care Assistance Account

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Co-paymentsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Cold medicineYesHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Comtrex, Sudafed, Nyquil, Dayquil

Cold sore medicineYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Cold/hot packsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Compression stockingsYesHealth Care Expense Account
CondomsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Contact lenses, materials, and equipmentYesHealth Care Expense Account

Contact lenses for solely cosmetic purposes (e.g., to change one's eye color) do not qualify.

Contact lens solutionYesHealth Care Expense Account

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ContraceptivesPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Will need a prescription in some cases (i.e. spermicidal foam)

Controlled substances in violation of federal lawNoHealth Care Expense Account

If the substance violates federal law (e.g., the Controlled Substances Act), the expense would not qualify even if a state law allows its use with a physician's prescription (e.g., marijuana or laetrile prescribed to treat a specific medical condition).

Cosmetic proceduresNoHealth Care Expense Account

Most cosmetic procedures do not qualify. This includes cosmetic surgery or other procedures that are directed at improving the patient's appearance and do not meaningfully promote the proper function of the body or prevent or treat illness or disease. Examples include face lifts, hair transplants, hair removal (electrolysis), teeth whitening, and liposuction. However, procedures necessary to correct a deformity arising from congenital abnormality, personal injury from accident or trauma, or disfiguring disease may qualify.

CosmeticsNoHealth Care Expense Account

Cosmetics are articles used primarily for personal purposes and are intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, sprayed, or otherwise applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance. Examples include skin moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, eye and facial makeup, shampoos, permanent waves, hair colors, toothpastes, and deodorants.

Cotton ballsNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Cough, cold and flu medicinesYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Cough drops/suppressantsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Ludens, Halls, Ricola

CounselingPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Will qualify if the counseling is for a medical reason. Marriage counseling does not qualify.

CPAP machine and headgearYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Crowns, dentalYesHealth Care Expense Account

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CrutchesYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Custodial carePotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify only if (1) such expenses are not for medical services; (2) the person in custody is a qualifying individual; and (3) the qualifying individual (other than a qualifying child under age 13) still spends at least eight hours each day in the employee's household. Note that long-term care insurance will not qualify. See Elder care.

Dancing lessonsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

In narrow cases, the expense might qualify if recommended by a medical professional to treat a specific medical condition.

Day campPotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Camp over the summer or holidays only. The cost of a day camp or a similar program to care for a qualifying individual may qualify, even if the day camp specializes in a particular activity (e.g., soccer or computers). Additionally, will only qualify if used to enable the employee and spouse to be gainfully employed. Separate equipment or similar charges (e.g., a laptop rental fee for a computer camp) will not qualify. See Overnight camp.

Daycare for children over age 12NoDependent Care Assistance Account

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DecongestantsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Dimetapp, Sudafed, Mucinex

Deductible, coinsurance and co-pay amountsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

If an underlying expense is eligible, then the deductible, coinsurance and co-pay amounts may be reimbursable.

Deformity surgeryPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

If surgery is to improve deformity from congenital abnormality,
personal injury from accident or trauma, or disfiguring
disease, then it is eligible.

Dental flossNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Dental implantsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Dental sealantsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Dental treatmentYesHealth Care Expense Account

Teeth whitening, veneers, and lumineers are the only exception as they are considered cosmetic in nature and do not qualify.

Dentures and denture adhesivesYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Denture cleanersYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Denture repairYesHealth Care Expense Account

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DeodorantNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Dependent Care CenterYesDependent Care Assistance Account

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DepositPotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify if it is an expense that must be paid in order to obtain the related care. However, the fee cannot be reimbursed until care is provided. A deposit that is forfeited (e.g., because the employee selects a different provider) will not qualify.

Diabetic socksPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Won't qualify if used for personal or preventive reasons. If used to treat or alleviate a specific medical condition, only the excess cost of the specialized socks over the cost of regular socks will qualify.

Diabetic suppliesYesHealth Care Expense Account

Includes items such as syringes, insulin and glucose monitoring equipment

Diagnostic items and servicesYesHealth Care Expense Account

Includes a wide variety of procedures to determine the presence of a disease or dysfunction of the body, such as tests to detect heart attack, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, thyroid conditions, psychological conditions, and cancer. See also Body scans; Blood-pressure monitoring devices; Blood-sugar test kits and test strips.

Diaper rash ointments and creamsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Example: Desitin

Diapers or diaper servicePotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Regular disposable or cloth diapers or diaper services for newborns do not qualify. Diapers for incontinence due to a medical issue are eligible. Examples of items that are eligible are Wonderpants, Depends, and Goodnights. A note from a medical practitioner is required for any other type of diaper or service.

Diarrhea medicineYesHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Imodium, Kaopectate, Pepto Bismol

Diet foods/drinksNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Dietary supplementsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Must have note from doctor with medical condition; note must include specific diagnosis, exactly what is being prescribed, and for how long. The cost of dietary supplements, nutritional supplements, vitamins, herbal supplements, and natural medicines do not qualify if they are merely beneficial for general health (e.g., One-A-Day vitamins).

Disabled dependent care of children over age 13PotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Such expenses will qualify if they are not for medical care of the disabled dependent. The disabled child must live at home for at least eight hours a day. Any care provided outside the household, however, must enable the employee and spouse to be gainfully employed, and other restrictions must still be met. See Babysitter, Boarding school and Overnight camp.

Disabled qualifying child under age 13PotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify if the disabled child lives at home for at least eight hours a day. Any care provided outside the household, however, must enable the employee and spouse to be gainfully employed, and other restrictions must still be met. See Babysitter, Boarding school and Overnight camp.

Discount programsNoHealth Care Expense Account

Fees paid to get access to products/services at a reduced cost will not qualify.

DNA collection and storagePotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Such expenses normally wouldn't qualify. However, temporary storage (i.e. up to one year) may qualify in some circumstances, such as where the DNA is collected as part of the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of an existing or imminent medical condition.

DoulaPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

In narrow circumstances, will only qualify to the extent that the doula provides medical care for the mother or child. Services such as emotional support, parenting information, child care, and housekeeping will not qualify.

Drug addiction treatmentYesHealth Care Expense Account

Amounts paid for an inpatient's treatment at a therapeutic center for drug addiction will qualify.

Drug overdose, treatment ofYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Drug screeningPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

If court ordered or part of a treatment program, it will qualify.

Ear plugsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Will qualify if recommended by a medical practitioner for a specific medical condition.

Ear wax removal productsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Debrox, Murine

Eczema lotions and creamsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Educational expenses - KindergartenNoDependent Care Assistance Account

See Kindergarten.

Educational expenses - Preschool/nursery schoolYesDependent Care Assistance Account

See Preschool/nursery school.

Egg donor feesPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Amounts paid for the egg donor fee, an agency fee, an egg donor's medical and psychological testing, and the legal fees for preparation of the egg donor contract will qualify if preparatory to a procedure performed on you, your spouse, or your dependent.

Eggs and embryos, storage feesPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Fees for temporary storage qualify (i.e. up to a year), but only to the extent necessary for immediate conception. Storage fees for undefined future conception are not considered medical care.

Elder carePotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify only if (1) such expenses are not for medical services; (2) the elderly person is a qualifying individual; and (3) in the case of services provided outside the employee's household, the person still regularly spends at least eight hours each day in the employee's household. Elder daycare will often qualify, but around-the-clock care in a nursing home will not. Note that long-term care insurance will not qualify.

Electrolysis or hair removalNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Employment-Related physicalsNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Epsom saltYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Exercise equipmentPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Only qualifies if required to treat an illness diagnosed by a physician.

Exercise ProgramsNoHealth Care Expense Account
ExpectorantsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Comtrex, Robitussin

Extended daycarePotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

See After-school care or Before-school care.

Eye dropsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Medicated eye drops must be prescribed

Eye examinations, eyeglasses, equipment, materials, cleaner, and repairYesHealth Care Expense Account

If the eye exam is covered under the medical plan, then it is not eligible under the Limited Purpose

Face creams/moisturizersNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Face liftsNoHealth Care Expense Account

See also Cosmetic procedures.

Fees/ Dues for fitness clubs and exercise programsNoHealth Care Expense Account

Fees/dues for exercise, fitness programs, athletic, or health club membership, even if prescribed by physician are ineligible.

Feminine hygiene productsNoHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Tampons, maxi-pads

Fertility treatmentsPotentially qualifying expenseHealth Care Expense Account

Will qualify to the extent that procedures are intended to overcome an inability to have children and are performed on you, your spouse, or your dependent. Includes: Shots, treatment, surgery, IVF, GIFT, ovulation monitor fees for storage of sperm or embryo (short term).

Fever-reducing medicationsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Aspirin, Motrin, Tylenol

Fiber supplementsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Must have note from doctor with medical condition; note must include specific diagnosis, exactly what is being prescribed, and for how long.

FICA and FUTA taxes of day-care providerPotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify if the overall expenses of the care qualify.

Field tripsPotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Will not qualify if charged separately from dependent care expenses. Small amounts may qualify if incidental to and an inseparable part of the dependent care.

Finance (or interest) chargesNoHealth Care Expense Account, Dependent Care Assistance Account

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First aid cream/ointmentYesHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Neosporin, Hydrocortisone

First aid kitsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Flavoring for medicationYesHealth Care Expense Account

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FlossNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Flu shotsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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FoodPotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Will not qualify if charged separately from dependent care expense. Small amounts may qualify if incidental to and an inseparably part of the dependent care (e.g., lunch included with preschool care).

Foreign countries, medical care received inPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

In general, expenses incurred in other countries must meet the same requirements that would apply if the expenses were incurred in the U.S. (e.g., the expenses must be primarily for medical care, may not be for a cosmetic procedure, etc.). Note that the treatments must be legal in the U.S. and the other country, and that special rules apply to medicines and drugs obtained outside the U.S.

Funeral expensesNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Gauze padsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Genetic testingPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Will qualify if the testing is done to diagnose a medical condition and requires a letter from a physician

GlassesYesHealth Care Expense Account

Eyeglass cleaning supplies, glasses cases, and repair kits are also eligible.

GlucosamineYesHealth Care Expense Account
Glucose-monitoring equipmentYesHealth Care Expense Account

Includes blood glucose meters and glucose test strips. See Blood-sugar test strips

Guide dogYesHealth Care Expense Account

Expenses incurred in the purchase, training, and veterinary care of a service animal used by a disabled person would qualify; this includes the expenses of food, shots and veterinary care.

Hair removal and transplantsNoHealth Care Expense Account
Hand sanitizerPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Will only qualify if used to treat or alleviate a specific medical condition or where there is probable cause of contracting a specific illness from a family member. A letter from a physician with the specific diagnosis is required.

Health club feesPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Will only qualify with a letter of medical necessity indicating a specific medical condition. Documentation proving that the membership was purchased after the medical diagnosis is also required.

Health screeningsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Hearing aidsYesHealth Care Expense Account

The costs of the hearing aid, batteries, and repairs will qualify.

Heating padYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Hemorrhoid treatmentsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Example: Preparation H

Herbal MedicinesYesHealth Care Expense Account

Herbal medicines may qualify if provided to treat a specific medical condition. The medicines must be legal and the expenses will not qualify if the remedy is a food or substitute for food that the person would normally consume in order to meet nutritional requirements. See also Alternative Healers

Home improvements/modificationsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

May qualify if done to accommodate a disability. If the improvement is permanent and increases the value of the property, the expense will qualify only to the extent that the improvement cost exceeds the increase in property value. If the improvement does not increase the property value at all, then the entire cost may qualify. Items that usually don't increase property value include constructing entrance or exit ramps, widening or modifying doorways or hallways, installing railings or support bars to bathrooms, lowering or modifying kitchen cabinets or equipment, moving or modifying electrical outlets and fixtures, installing porch lifts, modifying fire alarms or smoke detectors, modifying other warning systems, and modifying stairways. A letter from a physical or medical practitioner is required.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)PotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Will only qualify if the primary purpose is to treat a medical condition such as menopausal systems. A note from a medical practitioner with the specific therapy and diagnosis is required.

Hospital servicesYesHealth Care Expense Account

Expenses of inpatient care (plus meals and lodging) at a hospital or similar institution qualify if the principal reason for being there is to get medical care.

Household servicesNoDependent Care Assistance Account

Examples include maids, housekeepers and cooks

Humidifier (and dehumidifier)PotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

A note from a medical practitioner is needed to confirm that the expense is primarily for medical care (such as a severe allergy)

HypnosisPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

A note from a medical practitioner is needed to confirm that the expense is primarily for medical care (such as a severe allergy)

HysterectomyYesHealth Care Expense Account
Illegal operations or treatmentsNoHealth Care Expense Account

Will not qualify even if performed by a licensed medical practitioner

ImmunizationsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Incidental expenses (extra charges for special activities)PotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Will not qualify if charged separately from dependent care expenses. May qualify if incidental to and an inseparable part of the dependent care.

Incontinence suppliesYesHealth Care Expense Account

Adult diapers and items such as Poise Pads will qualify

Insect-bite creams and ointmentsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Benadryl, Cortaid

InsulinYesHealth Care Expense Account

Syringes and insulin pumps also qualify

Insurance premiumsNoHealth Care Expense Account
KindergartenNoDependent Care Assistance Account

Such expenses are primarily educational in nature, whether half or full-day, private or public and state-mandated or voluntary. See After-school care and Before-school care.

KleenexNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Laboratory FeesYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Lactation consultantYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Lamaze classesPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Will qualify to the extent that instruction relates to birth and not childrearing. The fee should be adjusted to exclude instruction in topics such as newborn care. Expenses for the coach or significant other do not qualify.

Language trainingPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Will qualify for a child with dyslexia or an otherwise disabled child. Regular school fees are not eligible. A note from a medical practitioner is required.

Laser eye surgery; LasikYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Laser hair removalNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Late feesNoHealth Care Expense Account, Dependent Care Assistance Account

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Late payment feesNoDependent Care Assistance Account

Will not qualify if the parent paid the childcare bill late.

Late pickup feeYesDependent Care Assistance Account

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Latex glovesPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Will qualify if used to treat a specific medical condition or if used to prevent a specific illness where a household member has a contagious disease. A letter from a physician is required including the diagnosis or imminent condition and recommendation.

LaxativesYesHealth Care Expense Account

Example: Ex-Lax

Lead-based paint removalPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

To prevent a child who has or has had poisoning from eating the paint; excludes cost of repainting. Requires a letter of medical necessity from a physician. Note that the surfaces must be in poor repair (i.e. peeling or cracking) or be within the child's reach.

Learning disability, instructional feesPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

If the tuition fees are paid to a special school or specially trained teacher (for tutoring) for a child who is mentally or physically impaired, the expense will qualify. A letter of medical necessity from a physician is required, indicating the specific medical condition and certifying the nature of the school and specific reason for attending.

Lice treatmentsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Lifeline screeningsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Liquid adhesive for small cutsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Lodging at a hospital or similar institutionYesHealth Care Expense Account

Will qualify if the principal reason for being there is to receive medical care.

Lodging not at a hospital or similar institutionPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

If the purpose of the lodging is primarily for and essential to receiving medical care, then up to $50 per night will qualify for reimbursement. If a parent is traveling with a sick child (or employee with a spouse) up to $100 may qualify ($50 per person)

Lodging while attending a medical conferenceNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Long-term care expensesPotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

See Custodial care and Elder care.

Looking for work (care that enables the employee and/or spouse to look for work)PotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify if the employee and spouse are actively looking for work. However, a person who does not find a job and has no earned income for the year will not be able to exclude the expenses from income.

LotionsNoHealth Care Expense Account

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LubricantsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Example: KY Jelly

Lumbar support chair cushionsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Only if used to treat a diagnosed medical condition verified by a letter of medical necessity from a physician.

MakeupNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Marriage CounselingNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Marijuana or other controlled substances in violation of federal lawNoHealth Care Expense Account

See also Controlled substances in violation of federal law.

Mastectomy-related specialty brasYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Massage therapyPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Massages to improve general well-being or for stress relief won't qualify. However, if massage is recommended by a physician or chiropractor to treat a specific injury or trauma, then it would qualify with a letter of medical necessity. The letter must include the medical condition, length of time treatment will be needed, and number of sessions during stated time

Maternity clothingNoHealth Care Expense Account

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MattressesNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Meals at a hospital or similar institutionPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Meals that are part of the cost of inpatient care at a hospital or similar institution will qualify if the principal reason for the recipient's being there is to receive medical care.

Meals not at a hospital or similar institutionNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Meals of a companionNoHealth Care Expense Account

Will not qualify even if accompanying a patient for medical reasons.

MedermaYesHealth Care Expense Account

Eligible with a prescription from a physician or medical practitioner.

Medical alert bracelet or necklacePotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Will qualify if recommended by a medical practitioner in connection with treating a medical condition.

Medical batteries (for hearing aids)YesHealth Care Expense Account

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Medical ConferencePotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Expenses for the conference itself and transportation to the medical conference qualify as long as they relate to a chronic disease suffered by the employee or dependent, and if the purpose of the conference is primarily for and essential to the person needing medical care. Transportation expenses to the conference qualify but meals and lodging do not.

Medical information plan chargesYesHealth Care Expense Account

Expenses charged for storing and retrieving medical records from a computer data bank.

Medical monitoring and testing devicesYesHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Blood Pressure Monitor, glucose kits

Medical records chargesYesHealth Care Expense Account

The fees associated with transferring medical records to a new medical practitioner will qualify.

Medicated shampoos and soapsNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Mentally handicapped, special home forPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

If a psychiatrist recommends that a mentally handicapped person be kept in a special home (other than a relative's home) to help the person make the adjustment from life in a mental institution to community living, the expense may qualify. See also Schools and education

MidwivesYesHealth Care Expense Account

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MileageYesHealth Care Expense Account

See Transportation

Mileage for the parent to bring the qualifying individual to daycareNoDependent Care Assistance Account

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Mineral supplementsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Will not qualify if used for general health purposes. However, in certain situations, they might qualify if recommended by a medical practitioner to treat a specific medical condition (for example, iron supplements to treat iron deficiency anemia)

Missed appointment feesNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Morning-after contraceptive pillsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Motion sickness patches or wristbandYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Motion sickness pillsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Bonine, Dramamine

MouthwashNoHealth Care Expense Account

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MultivitaminsNoHealth Care Expense Account

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NannyYesDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify to the extent that the amounts paid are for the care of a qualifying individual. Household services not directly related to the care of the qualifying individual will not qualify. See Au Pair and Registration fees.

Nasal Sprays or StripsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Nasal strips that are used to treat sinus problems qualify as being primarily for medical care, as would those that are used to prevent sleep apnea. However, nasal strips used to prevent snoring and those used by athletes are not eligible. Note that medicated sprays require a prescription from a physician even if available without one.

NebulizerYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Needle containerYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Neti potsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Nicotine gum or patchesYesHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Nicorette, Nicoderm

Norplant insertion or removalYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Nursing homeNoDependent Care Assistance Account

See Elder care.

Nursing servicesPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Nurse expenses, board and care for a specific medical condition; excludes nursing services for a healthy baby. Includes wages, employment taxes and other fees or amounts paid for the services whether provided in the participant's home or another facility. The person providing the services does not have to be a nurse, as long as the services are of a nature generally performed by a nurse.

Nutritional supplementsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

See also Dietary supplements; Mineral supplements.

Nutritionist's professional expensesPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Only reimbursable if used to treat a specific medical condition; will not qualify if consulted for general health purposes. Requires a letter of medical necessity from a medical practitioner.

Obstetrical birthing expensesYesHealth Care Expense Account

Prepayments towards the delivery cannot be reimbursed until the birth.

Occlusal guardsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Used to prevent teeth grinding

Occupational TherapyPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

If the purpose is to treat or alleviate a diagnosed medical condition, then it qualifies. A letter of medical necessity from a medical practitioner is required.

One-a-day vitaminsNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Omega-3 supplementsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

See Dietary supplements

Online or telephone consultation, medical practitioner's fee forYesHealth Care Expense Account

Will qualify, so long as the consultation's purpose is to obtain the advice to treat or mitigate a medical condition.

Organ transplant or donationYesHealth Care Expense Account

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OrthodontiaYesHealth Care Expense Account

Payments can either be made and reimbursed upfront at the time of service or on a monthly basis. A copy of the contract or payment plan is preferred; otherwise, a deposit or paid in full receipt is acceptable.

Orthopedic/Orthotic insertsYesHealth Care Expense Account
Orthopedic shoesPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Costs of custom orthopedic shoes will qualify to the extent that they exceed ordinary personal use requirements (e.g., only the excess cost of the specialized orthopedic shoe over the cost of a regular shoe qualifies).

Osteopath feesYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Overnight campNoDependent Care Assistance Account

Expenses for overnight camps are not employment-related. See Day camp.

Overnight carePotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

For night worker only

Ovulation monitorYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Oxygen and equipmentYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Pain relieversYesHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Advil, Aspirin, Tylenol, Aleve, Midol

Parent of employees under age 13 qualifying child (payments to the parent for care of the qualifying child)NoDependent Care Assistance Account

See Relative (payments to a relative for dependent care).

Part-time employment (payments to provider when the employee is not working)PotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

If the employee is required to pay for care for time that includes both work and non-work days, payments for periods that include both work and non-work days will qualify in full. Otherwise, expenses must be allocated between work and non-work days.

PedometerNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Penile implantsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Amounts paid for implants may be eligible if the diagnosis of impotence is due to natural causes such as diabetes, post-prostatectomy complications, or spinal cord injury.

PeroxideYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Personal trainer feesPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

The expense must not have been incurred before a diagnosis and will only qualify to treat a disease or injury (such as rehabilitation after surgery or obesity) and only for a limited time. A letter from a medical practitioner is required.

Physical examsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Excludes employment-related physicals and sports-related physicals

Physical therapyYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Placement fees for finding a dependent care providerNoDependent Care Assistance Account

Will not qualify as such fees are generally not required in order to obtain care.

Pregnancy test kitsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Prenatal vitaminsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Prepaid fees for carePotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify if the fee must be paid in order to obtain care. However, the fee cannot be reimbursed until care is provided. Fees that are forfeited (e.g., because the employee selects a different provider) will not qualify.

Preschool/ nursery schoolYesDependent Care Assistance Account

As long as the care is for pre-kindergarten expenses

Prescription drug discount programsNoHealth Care Expense Account

Fees for discounts on drugs are not considered medical care.

Prescription drugs and medicines obtained from other countriesNoHealth Care Expense Account

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RecreationNoDependent Care Assistance Account

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Registration feePotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify if the fee must be paid in order to obtain care. However, the fee cannot be reimbursed until care is provided. Fees that are forfeited (e.g., because the employee selects a different provider) will not qualify.

Relative (payments to a relative for dependent care)PotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify if used to enable the employee and spouse to be gainfully employed. Will not qualify if the babysitter is (1) under age 19 and is the employee's child, step-child, or eligible foster child; (2) an individual for whom the employee or spouse can claim a deduction on IRS Form 1040; (3) the employee's spouse; or (4) a parent of the employee's under age 13 qualifying child.

Rubbing alcoholYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Safety glassesNoHealth Care Expense Account

Will not qualify unless lenses are prescription.

Schools and education, residentialPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Payments made to a residential school or program to treat an individual for behavioral, emotional, or addictive conditions (including tuition, meals, and lodging) will qualify if the primary reason for attending the program is to receive medical care (ordinary education must be an incidental component). A letter of medical necessity is required from a medical practitioner to determine if the expenses would qualify.

Schools and education, specialPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Payments made for a mentally impaired or physically disabled person to attend a special school (including tuition, meals, and lodging) will qualify if the primary reason for attending the school is to overcome or alleviate the disability (ordinary education must be an incidental component). Examples include teaching Braille to a visually impaired person, teaching lip reading to a hearing-impaired person, and remedial language training to correct a condition caused by a birth defect. If a child is at a school simply because the courses and disciplinary methods have a beneficial effect on the child's attitude, the expenses will not qualify.

Screening testsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Will qualify if the tests are used for medical diagnoses. Examples include hearing, vision, and cholesterol screenings.

Prescription medicationsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Excludes medication to stimulate hair growth or prescriptions for cosmetic purposes and medications obtained from other countries

ProbioticsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Will only qualify if used to treat or alleviate a specific medical condition. A letter from a physician with the specific diagnosis is required.

Propecia and/or RogaineNoHealth Care Expense Account

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ProsthesisYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Psychiatric careYesHealth Care Expense Account

Includes the costs associated at a special center that provides medical care.

Psychoanalysis testingPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Will only qualify if the expense is for medical care and not just for the general improvement of mental health, relief of stress, or personal enjoyment, nor if the expense relates to any psychoanalyst training.

PsychologistPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Will qualify if the expense is for medical care and not to improve one's well-being or relief stress.

Q-tipsNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Radial KeratotomyYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Reading GlassesYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Recliner chairsNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Reconstructive surgeryPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

In many cases, this expense is not eligible. But, for example, if required following a mastectomy, then it is reimbursable with a letter of medical necessity from a medical practitioner.

Security system for the homeNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Seeing-eye dogYesHealth Care Expense Account

See also Guide dog, other service animal.

Self-employment, expense incurred in connection withPotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify to the extent that the expenses are incurred for dependent care.

ShampoosNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Shaving cream or lotionNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Shipping and handling feesYesHealth Care Expense Account

Reimbursable if incurred to purchase an item such as medical prescription medications that are associated with the cost of the item or service.

Sick employee (payments to provider when sick employee stays home)PotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

If the absence is considered short and temporary (up to two consecutive weeks) and the care-giving arrangement requires the employee to pay for care during the absence, then a payment for a period that includes the absence will qualify for reimbursement in full; other absences generally will not qualify.

Sick-child facilityYesDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify when incurred to enable the employee and spouse to go to work when the child is ill, when the primary purpose is child care.

Sinus medicationsYesHealth Care Expense Account

See also Nasal strips or sprays.

Sleep aidsYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Sleep deprivation treatmentYesHealth Care Expense Account

Includes testing and treatment

Smoking-cessation medicationsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Amounts paid for prescribed and OTC drugs used to stop smoking will qualify.

Smoking-cessation programsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Amounts paid for a stop-smoking program will qualify.

SoapsNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Special foodsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Will qualify if prescribed by a physician to treat a specific illness or ailment and if the foods are not a substitute for normal nutritional requirements. But the amount that may qualify is limited to the amount by which the cost of the special food exceeds the cost of commonly available versions of the same product (e.g., such as foods needed for a gluten-free diet).

Speech therapyYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Sperm, storage feesPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Fees for temporary storage might qualify, but only to the extent necessary for immediate conception. Storage fees for undefined future conception aren't considered to be for medical care and do not qualify. If the sperm is stored and used within the same year, those fees will qualify.

Spermicidal foamYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Spouse of employee (payments to a spouse for dependent care)NoDependent Care Assistance Account

See Relative (payments to a relative for dependent care).

Stem cell, harvesting and/or storage ofPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Might qualify if there is a specific and imminent medical condition that the stem cells are intended to treat. For example, the cost of harvesting and storing stem cells because a newborn has a birth defect and the stem cells would be needed in the near future might be allowable. However, collection and indefinite storage just in case they might be needed is not considered to be for medical care and does not qualify.

Sterilization proceduresYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Student health feesNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Summer day campPotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

See Day camp.

Summer schoolNoDependent Care Assistance Account

Such expenses are primarily educational in nature and therefore do not qualify.

Sunburn creams and ointmentsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Example: Aloe

SunglassesPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Prescription sunglasses would qualify.

Sunglasses, clip-onNoHealth Care Expense Account

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SunscreenYesHealth Care Expense Account

Sunscreen will qualify as a medical care expense because its sole purpose is to prevent sunburn and it is not a medicine or drug. Sunscreen at or above 15 SPF will qualify.

Suntan lotion without sunscreenNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Supply feesNoDependent Care Assistance Account

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Support bracesYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Swimming lessonsNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Syringes (for diabetics)YesHealth Care Expense Account

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Taxes on medical services and productsYesHealth Care Expense Account

This includes local, sales, service, and other taxes.

Teeth whiteningNoHealth Care Expense Account

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TEFRA/Parental feesNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Telephone equipment for hearing-impaired personsYesHealth Care Expense Account

The expenses of buying and repairing special telephone equipment for a hearing-impaired person will qualify. This includes teletypewriter (TTY) and telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) equipment.

Television for hearing-impaired personsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Equipment that displays the audio part of television programs as subtitles for hearing-impaired persons will qualify, but the amount that is eligible is limited to the excess cost over the cost of the regular item. For example, the cost of a specially equipped television qualifies only to the extent that it exceeds the cost of a regular model.

ThermometersYesHealth Care Expense Account

Will qualify if for medical use.

Throat lozengesYesHealth Care Expense Account

Examples: Cepacol, Chloraseptic. See also Cough drops/suppressants.

ToiletriesNoHealth Care Expense Account

A toiletry is an item or preparation that is used in the process of dressing and grooming oneself (e.g., toothpaste, shaving cream or lotion, and cologne).

Toll bridgesYesHealth Care Expense Account

Eligible if incurred due to a qualifying medical expense. See also Transportation expenses for person to receive medical care.

Toothache and teething pain relieversYesHealth Care Expense Account

Example: Orajel

ToothbrushesNoHealth Care Expense Account

Are not eligible even if a dentist recommends special ones (e.g., electric or battery-powered) to treat a medical condition like gingivitis. Toothbrushes are items that are used primarily to maintain general health and a person would still use one even without the medical condition.

ToothpasteNoHealth Care Expense Account

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TransplantsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Includes surgical, hospital, and laboratory services as well as transportation expenses for organ donors.

Transportation expensesPotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

Will qualify for transporting a qualifying individual to or from a place where care is provided and the transportation is furnished by a dependent care provider. Otherwise, such expenses generally are not considered to be for care, but might qualify if part of the dependent care charge (i.e., if incidental to and an inseparable part of the dependent care).

Transportation expenses for person to receive medical careYesHealth Care Expense Account

Will qualify if the transportation is primarily for and essential to medical care. Includes car expenses; bus, taxi, train, plane, and ferry fares as well as ambulance services. Instead of actual car expenses, a standard mileage rate for use of a car (2019 rate is 20 cents per mile; 2018 rate is 18 cents per mile; subject to IRS changes) to obtain medical care is allowed. Parking fees and tolls can also qualify.

Tuition expensesNoDependent Care Assistance Account

Such expenses are primarily educational in nature and therefore do not qualify.

Tuition for special-needs programPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Will qualify if the primary purpose is for medical care. An example includes a reading program for a child with dyslexia.

Tutoring programsNoDependent Care Assistance Account

Such expenses are primarily educational in nature and therefore do not qualify.

Umbilical cord blood storage, freezing and storing ofPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Can qualify if there is a specific medical condition that the umbilical cord blood is intended to treat (such as a newborn with a birth defect where the cord blood would be needed in the near future). However, collection and indefinite storage just in case it might be needed is not considered to be for medical care and does not qualify. A letter of medical necessity from a practitioner is required.

Unemployment (care that enables the employee and/or spouse to look for work)PotentiallyDependent Care FSA

See Looking for work (care that enables the employee and/or spouse to look for work).

UniformsNoDependent Care Assistance Account

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Vacation (payments to provider for periods when employee is on vacation)PotentiallyDependent Care Assistance Account

If the absence is considered short and temporary and the care-giving arrangement requires the employee to pay for care during the absence, then a payment for a period that includes the absence will qualify for reimbursement in full; other absences generally will not qualify.

VaccinesYesHealth Care Expense Account

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VasectomyYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Vasectomy reversalYesHealth Care Expense Account

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VeneersNoHealth Care Expense Account

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ViagraYesHealth Care Expense Account

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VitaminsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

In most circumstances, vitamins will not be eligible. However, if there is a situation where a participant needs to take a vitamin to treat a specific medical condition, then they might qualify. A letter of medical necessity from a medical practitioner is required, detailing the specific condition, dosage and length of time needed.

Volunteer work (care that enables employee and/or spouse to volunteer)NoDependent Care Assistance Account

Will not qualify if the volunteer work is unpaid or for nominal pay.

WalkersYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Warranties/Insurance on a productNoHealth Care Expense Account

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Wart remover treatmentsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Example: Compound W

Weight loss programs and/or drugs prescribed to induce weight lossPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

If the program is used to treat a specific medical condition such as heart disease or diabetes, then it might qualify; a letter from a medical practitioner is required including the specific diagnosis, exactly what is being prescribed, and for how long. Food does not qualify.

WheelchairYesHealth Care Expense Account

Purchase, operation and upkeep

WhirlpoolsNoHealth Care Expense Account

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WigsPotentiallyHealth Care Expense Account

Might qualify if the wig is prescribed by a physician for the mental health of a patient who has lost all of his or her hair from disease or treatment (e.g., chemotherapy or radiation).

Yeast infection medicationsYesHealth Care Expense Account

Example: Monistat

X-RaysYesHealth Care Expense Account

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Key to the Eligibility Column

  • Yes:  The expense is eligible for reimbursement.
  • No:  The expense is not eligible for reimbursement.
  • Potentially:  The expense may be eligible for reimbursement with additional information such as a letter of medical necessity
  • Rx:  The expense is eligible for reimbursement with a doctor’s prescription.  These expenses are usually over-the-counter items obtained at a pharmacy, drug store or retailer such as Target or Walgreens.