Tampons: FSA Eligibility

Tampons: reimbursement is not eligible with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Tampons are not eligible for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), health reimbursement arrangement (HRA), limited care flexible spending account (LCFSA) or a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA).

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Why aren't tampons eligible for reimbursement?

Tampons are feminine hygiene products made with soft, absorbent that are designed to control the flow of menstrual blood by being inserted into the vagina during the menstrual period. Although these products were classified as "cosmetics" for much of the 20th century, in 1976, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reclassified them as medical products as they are "intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals, and which does not achieve any of its primary intended purposes through chemical action within or on the body of man or other animals and which is not dependent upon being metabolized for the achievement of any of its primary intended purposes."

While the FDA classifies tampons as a medical product that must be tightly regulated and stringently tested before being allowed to be sold, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) views tampons differently in determining whether they are deemed eligible for reimbursement. Tampons have been deemed products that are for "general health" purposes, and not to treat a specific medical condition. Because these items do not play a role in alleviating or aiding in the treatment plan of a specific illness, they are not covered under any circumstance with consumer spending accounts (FSAstore.com).

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