Your Flex Spending Account and National Public Health Week

It is National Public Health Week - a time to address public health awareness. The American Public Health Association created the first-ever National Public Health Week (NPHW) in 1995, and has celebrated it ever since. This year’s theme “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money,” emphasizes disease prevention, healthy living, and also highlights ways to save on health care spending.

Each day this week is assigned a daily theme of its own whether with a family care focus, workplace safety and health, school safety, and building healthier communities.

Your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) not only offers tax savings, but also is a multifaceted way to access health care. Visit FSA-eligible specialists and purchase thousands of eligible products through your FSA.


Eligible services for an FSA are often not covered by your regular insurance policy. If you want to visit a chiropractor or acupuncturist, you can with your FSA. You can additionally see the dentist, dermatologist, ophthalmologist, psychologist, and find out about even more available FSA eligible Services through our site.

Ways to apply your FSA:

  • Co-payments, deductibles and co-insurance at the specialist office
  • Hospital service fees
  • Lab fees
  • Hearing aids and accessories
  • Inpatient treatment for drug or alcohol addiction
  • Smoking-cessation programs and prescribed anti-smoking drugs


You can easily check product availability via the FSA Eligibility List – and find out which products require a prescription, and which do not. Only over-the-counter items containing medicines require a prescription for reimbursement with your FSA.

Eligible Items at

  • Bandages, band-aids, gauze
  • Breast pumps, overnight underpants, nasal aspirators, prenatal vitamins
  • Hot and cold packs
  • Diagnostic devices such as blood pressure monitors
  • Contact Lens solution
  • Shoe inserts
  • Sunscreen and sunblock
  • OTC Prescription drugs

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