Nicotine Gum: FSA Eligibility

Nicotine gum is eligible with a prescription by a medical doctor for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Nicotine gum is not eligible with a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA) or a limited care flexible spending account (LCFSA).

What is nicotine gum?

Nicotine gum is a smoking cessation product. It's a chewable gum that contains nicotine which is released upon chewing in the mouth. Nicotine gum should not be chewed continuously like normal gum. Instead, nicotine gum should be chewed and then held against the cheek and gum for a short period, then chewed again, etc. Nicotine gum releases nicotine when chewed, and the nicotine is absorbed through the tissues of the cheek and gum. If the nicotine gum is chewed continuously, then the nicotine will be swallowed with the increased saliva produced due to the chewing action. Swallowing nicotine with saliva can cause an upset stomach, headache, and nausea.

Nicotine gum can be prescribed by a medical doctor as part of a smoking cessation program. The smoking cessation program may include other nicotine supplements such as patches, pills, etc. Nicotine gum is eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-directed healthcare account if it has been prescribed by a medical doctor as part of a smoking cessation program.

Nicotine gum is sold in a variety of Over-the-Counter (OTC) packages by several different brands. A medical doctor will prescribe a specific strength and usage amount of a nicotine gum based on the individual's previous smoking habit. Nicotine gum provides nicotine to the user's bloodstream, and therefore the same health concerns will arise from the use of nicotine gum as with cigarettes, excepting the risks and damages resulting from inhaling burned plant matter.

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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

Additional Information

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Specifically Not Covered

Not eligible without a prescription.

Legal Information / Regulations

Prescription Required. Information Letter (IL) 2009-0209; Notice 2010-59.

 


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