Mileage for Travel for Medical Care: FSA Eligibility

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

What is mileage for travel for medical care?

When traveling for medical care to a hospital or doctor's office, costs of traveling such as parking fees, tolls, gas and oil may be considered eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-directed healthcare account. These costs are associated with using an automobile for obtaining medical care.

Similarly, mileage accrued via public transportation such as a bus, taxi, plane fare or ambulance service may also be counted as mileage for travel for medical care and are therefore eligible for reimbursement.

Other eligible mileage expenses include a parent's transportation expenses if they are accompanying a child who needs medical care. If a nurse must travel with a patient in order to provide injections, medications, or other treatment as required by the individual's medical condition or disease, then the nurse's travel expenses are also eligible for reimbursement.

Regular visits to see a mentally ill or developmentally disabled dependent are also eligible for reimbursement so long as these visits have been recommended by a medical professional as part of that individual's mental health treatment.

The standard rate for mileage reimbursement in 2017 is 17 cents per mile, and this amount may be substituted in place of itemized expenses and receipts as desired. Check with a consumer-directed healthcare account administrator in order to determine the best option.

Expenses related to mileage for travel for medical care that aren't considered eligible for reimbursement include automobile depreciation, insurance, general repair costs, or any maintenance expenses. Parking violation and traffic violation ticket expenses are also not eligible for reimbursement. Other expenses that aren't eligible include travel to or from work, regardless of whether a medical condition or disease requires an unusual or inconvenient travel path to work. Also, travel for purely personal reasons that happens to include a medical visit to another city's hospital or doctor's office is not eligible.

Eligibility Table

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Limited Care FSA Dependent Care FSA Health Savings Account (HSA) Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)

Eligible

Eligible with Rx

Eligible with LMN

Not Eligible

Legal Information / Regulations

The current medical mileage rate can be found here: http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/Standard-Mileage-Rates

 


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