Mastectomy-related Bras: FSA Eligibility
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 and devices.
What are mastectomy-related bras?
Mastectomy-related bras are a type of bra that comes with pockets within the bra cups. The pockets can hold a prosthetic breast form. Mastectomy-related bras are usually just called mastectomy bras. They share most features of otherwise normal bras except that they less commonly have underwire or padding (Verywell Health).
Mastectomy bras are becoming more common and more mainstream undergarment brands are producing mastectomy bras. Bra choices for mastectomy patients, in terms of style and function, are expanding to match non-mastectomy bras.
Bra experts are available to assist customers who are purchasing a mastectomy bra and have specific preferences, needs, or questions. An expert can also assist in addressing needs such as comfort and aesthetics.
Mastectomy bras are eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-directed healthcare account. They are purchasable online and at physical retail locations. They are normally used in conjunction with a prosthetic breast form which results in the desired appearance with respecting to having had a mastectomy. At physical locations, whether it's a department store or a specialized medical supply store or undergarment vendor, there may be specialists or bra experts available for consultation and advice. Prosthetic breast forms must be purchased separately.
Mastectomy bras are for patients who have undergone a mastectomy surgical procedure. Mastectomies are performed on people with breast cancer, or people who are extremely likely to develop breast cancer (a prophylactic mastectomy). A mastectomy normally results in the loss of an entire breast. For women who retain the other breast may desire to use a mastectomy bra, which can hold a prosthetic breast form, in order to control their physical appearance (BreastCancer.org).