Bus Fare for Medical Treatment or Services: FSA Eligibility

Bus Fare for Medical Treatment or Services: eligible with a Flexible Savings Account (FSA)
Bus fare for medical treatment or services reimbursement is eligible with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA) or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Bus fare for medical treatment or services reimbursement is not eligible with a limited-purpose flexible spending account (LPFSA) or a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA). Documentation will be required to show that the travel is in relation to medical treatment or care.

Bus fare for daily activities not related to medical care or treatment is not eligible.

How is bus fare for medical treatment or services reimbursed?

While most areas throughout the U.S. have hospitals and medical facilities accessible to local populations, there's a chance that some individuals will need to seek specialists who can perform specific medical procedures or lend their unique experience to render a diagnosis that local medical services may not be able to provide. This can lead to a wealth of extra expenses necessary for the treatment of an illness, and the IRS has recognized this and has made these expenditures eligible for reimbursement through a FSA, HSA and HRA.

These transportation expenses qualify if they are primarily for and essential to medical care. Reimbursable expenses include car/rental car, bus, taxi, train, plane & ferry fees. Ambulatory services, parking and toll fees are also included. These expenses extend not just to the person receiving medical care but also to other individuals. Parents who are required to travel with a child, nurse/caregivers required for treatment, and any other individuals if visits are required for treatment of a mentally ill dependent, can also have their expenses covered if they are necessary for safe travel (Internal Revenue Service).

What materials do account holders need for bus fare reimbursement?

If bus fare is required for an account holder to seek out medical treatment or services, these eligible transportation costs will need to be submitted to a benefits administrator for reimbursement. While documentation requirements will vary, most claims will require a printout from the transportation carrier of the posted bus fare rates, as well as a bill or receipt from the health care provider validating the doctor's visit.