Cane: FSA Eligibility

Cane: eligible with a Flexible Savings Account (FSA)
A cane is provided for treatment or care of a medical condition, and therefore is an eligible over-the-counter (OTC) item that does not require a prescription for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA) or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Cane reimbursement is not eligible with a limited-purpose flexible spending account (LPFSA) or a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA).

Under IRC 213(d)(1), "medical care includes amounts paid for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, or for the purpose of affecting any structure or function of the body." This includes medical equipment, supplies and devices.

What is the medical purpose for a cane?

The cane, also known as a walking stick, has been a fixture of personal mobility for thousands of years. Whether for the humble peasant or the noble traveler, canes have immediate use in aiding an individual's mobility, but in many world cultures have come to signify power and strength for those who wield them, as well as being symbols of authority and social prestige. Few inventions in human history continue to perform the same role for millennia after its invention, but the cane's role in enhancing physical mobility continues unabated in the present day.

What are the primary types of canes?

Modern canes and walking sticks have improved upon the original design in every conceivable way to give users a wide range of adaptability for their medical conditions and the environment the device will be used in. The most popular modern cane designs include via Very Well Health:

  • Standard Crook Canes: Also known as a "C" cane, the standard crook cane features the traditional curved, U-shaped handle that provides a comfortable fit for the user's hands. These canes can be constructed from a variety of materials and customized with orthopedic grips, rubber stoppers and more to suit the user's needs.
  • Offset Canes: While its shape closely resembles standard crook canes, offset canes have a flat top handle that are designed to provide balance for people who may have wrist problems, or may be unable to properly grip the cane.
  • Quad Canes: Individuals who need added balance would certainly benefit from the quad cane, which provides a 4-post base as opposed to a single post base to ensure added stability for the user. Quad canes offer a great degree of customization with adjustable heights, and they are ideal for bariatric users whose canes must be able to support additional weight.