Are toothbrushes covered under healthcare Flexible Spending Accounts?

The answer to this question can be somewhat confusing. Why wouldn't a toothbrush be available for Flexible Spending Account (FSA) reimbursement, if it's a health item?

According to the IRS, “an item ordinarily used for personal, living or family purposes, unless it is used primarily to prevent or alleviate a physical or mental defect or illness," would NOT qualify as a medical expense – and therefore not be reimbursed by an FSA. A toothbrush is technically considered a general health item, which the IRS doesn't recognize as an FSA eligible expense.

FSA Eligible Expenses

Our FSA Eligibility List outlines all types of eligible expenses (including dental products and services covered by an FSA). It's good to check with your FSA administrator to find out which expenses qualify for your plan as expenses may vary per employer. Shop for thousands of FSA eligible products today online and get free shipping on any order over $50!

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