Needle Container: FSA Eligibility

Needle Container: eligible with a Flexible Savings Account (FSA)
A needle container is an eligible piece of medical equipment with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA) or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Needle container reimbursement is not eligible with a limited care flexible spending account (LCFSA) or a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA).

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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 is a needle container?

A needle container, also commonly referred to as a sharps container, is a special container approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that is designed to safely hold, transport and dispose of needles and other non-sterile sharp implements after they have been used. Because of the risk of injury and infection from coming into contact with these sharps, these containers are available for both at-home and portable use.

While non FDA-approved sharps containers are available for purchase, it's vital that consumer-directed account holders purchase needle containers that adhere to the FDA's strict guidelines regarding these devices. First, they should be constructed of heavy-duty plastic, contain a puncture-resistant lid to avoid sharps piercing the user when closing the box, leak-resistant and properly marked to ensure that anyone who handles the container will know that it contains hazardous material.