Pill Boxes and Pill Clocks: FSA Eligibility
What are pill boxes and pill clocks?
Pill boxes are containers for pills that save time and improve help an individual stay organized with their daily medication requirements. Pill boxes are normally organized by day, so each day's medications can be separated into their own doses. This allows an individual to pre-sort their pill dosages for the week or month ahead, saving them time throughout the week as they simply take the pills pre-arranged for that day rather than open individual bottles of pills each time (WebMD).
A pill clock is an electronic organizer that can be programmed to remind an individual when their medication dosages are due. Pill clocks often contain a pill box as a component, and the reminder alarms can be programmed to indicate at a specific time of day, repeated as desired throughout the week, to consume a specific dose or pill. Pill clocks are especially helpful for complicated prescriptions that require careful timing beyond the simplicity of a morning or evening dosage.
Pill clocks and pill boxes are Over-the-Counter (OTC) medical products eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-directed healthcare account and do not require a prescription. Pill clocks and pill boxes are found at most drug stores and can be purchased online as well.
Pill boxes come in many configurations, including monthly and weekly capacities, and can be color coded to differentiate types of medications or morning/evening dosages, and so on. Pill boxes are also helpful for caretakers who may use the pill box to verify when their patient has consumed a medication for that day.
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.