V11.05: Lactation Supplies Now Eligible

Effective immediately and for all open plan years, today the IRS announced that "breast pumps and supplies that assist lactation" are considered eligible medical expenses.   
 
The costs of breast pump purchases, breast pump rentals and related supplies that assist in lactation are now eligible for reimbursement from any "open" plan year from your Medical Flex Spending Account (Med-FSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) benefits.  

By "open" plan year, we mean that not only are the costs of breast pumps and related supplies eligible during the current plan year, they are also eligible in prior plan years if the plan is in the claims runoff period. The requirement is that the eligible laction-related expenses must have been incurred - services actually received or product purchased - during the plan year while you are/were an active participant and your claim must be received by the end of the applicable claims filing period.

On a related point but not addressed in the latest IRS notice, the services of a Lactation Consultant are eligible if that consultant is a Medical Professional, such as a Nurse.   Otherwise, the services of a Lactation Consultant are only eligible if your doctor has prescribed (Letter of Medical Necessity) the services of a Lactation Consultant to support the Lactation process.   

FlexToday will be updating our Medical Expense lists online shortly to include this change as well as to reflect changes in the IRS rules regarding the prescription requirements for Over-The Counter Medications.

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