The Complete FSA Eligibility List

Here it is — the most-comprehensive eligibility list available on the web. From A to Z, items and services deemed eligible for tax-free spending with your Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) and more will be here, complete with details and requirements. Important Reminder: FSAs, HRAs and other account types listed may not all be the same. Be sure to check with your administrator to confirm if something is eligible before making a purchase.

Here it is — the most-comprehensive eligibility list available on the web. From A to Z, items and services deemed eligible for tax-free spending with your Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) and more will be here, complete with details and requirements. Important Reminder: FSAs, HRAs and other account types listed may not all be the same. Be sure to check with your administrator to confirm if something is eligible before making a purchase.

Pedometer: FSA Eligibility

Pedometer: requires a Letter of Medical Necessity (LMN) to be eligible with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
A pedometer with a Letter of Medical Necessity (LMN) is eligible for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). A pedometer is not eligible with a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA) or a limited-purpose flexible spending account (LPFSA).

What is a pedometer?

A pedometer is a device that counts an individual's footsteps. Most pedometers are electronic or electromechanical and count the motion of walking or of the individual's hands or hips. Calibration was once required for pedometers but with the advent of GPS technology, modern pedometers can self-correct to track distance versus footsteps taken. The most modern pedometers are just smartphone applications and don't require any additional hardware (MedicineNet.com).

Pedometers have gained popularity in recent years among health enthusiasts and health-conscious individuals at home who are keen on tracking their journey to a healthier lifestyle.

Some say that 10,000 steps per day indicates an "active lifestyle" and is a recommended goal for daily steps. Experts in pedometry and walking and active lifestyles debate this figure. 10,000 steps are about 5 miles or 8 kilometers (Live Science).

Pedometers are mainly useful when it's hard to otherwise justify walking without constant positive reinforcement from a digital counter. A recent Microsoft study on Canadians who use technology indicates that attention spans have fallen from an average of 12 seconds to an average of 8 seconds, just 1 second below that of an average goldfish. Regardless of nationality, a pedometer is a great tool for overcoming a short attention span or inability to walk for extended lengths of time without a digital device indicating success, progress, and great rewards to come.

With a Letter of Medical Necessity (LMN), a pedometer's purchase costs can be considered eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-directed healthcare account if used to treat or mitigate a medical condition and not just for general good health.