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Asked 11/25/2008

Is acupuncture covered under fsa

Are all acupuncture procedures covered under section 125 FSA (weight loss or back paid)

 
 
 
 
 
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Answer 1/2 - Submitted 11/25/2008

Acupuncture is reimbursable under the plan.

 
 

Answer 2/2 - Submitted 10/11/2011

FSA funds may be used for expenses that are deemed eligible by the IRS, but aren't normally covered by insurance plans. Individuals who are interested in paying for acupuncture with this money will be interested to know that it is reimbursable with FSA funds. The IRS makes a distinction between acupuncture treatments and therapies that are prescribed by an acupuncturist.

Your treatment by the professional is reimbursable, but most prescriptions given to you by them aren't. If you're taking medicines or undergoing therapies with other alternative medicine physicians recommended by the acupuncturist, you can't get reimbursement for it. However, if you have a lot of unused dollars in your account, undergoing several acupuncture sessions is an excellent way to burn up FSA funds before the year's end.

Note that certain clinics may put additional restrictions on using FSA funds to pay for acupuncture. This is rare, but it does happen, so check with the place you're going before having it done, just to be sure it's okay. You can still take outside therapies and medications given by the acupuncturist, as long as you plan on paying with your own dollars.

Paying for acupuncture with FSA dollars illustrates why these accounts are so valuable. They represent a more affordable path to non-traditional medicine. FSA dollars can also provide the jolt needed to actually try out alternative treatments like acupuncture, since the money expires at the end of the year if it isn't used.

 
 
 
 
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