What items are HSA/FSA-eligible for a joint replacement?

Dear Gina: My doctor has advised that I need a knee replacement. I know I am going to need all sorts of equipment. What sort of items can be reimbursed through my Flexible Spending Account?

A: Fortunately, there are a lot of items that are eligible to run through either an FSA or HSA.  Examples include: canes, walkers, shower stools, safety bars, ice packs, as well as pneumatic compression pumps to prevent blood clots. In addition to physical items, if you do not have a driver to transport you to and from the hospital or to physical therapy appointments, you can run the cost of a taxi or Uber through the plan. Even if you do have a driver, you can write off the medical mileage (and parking expenses) to and from the hospital and physical therapy appointments. Current medical mileage rates can be found here on SBA’s website

Gina

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