From diagnostics and monitoring devices to wearables, the IRS has made sure there is a way for everyone to support their health with technology this season.
What can your tax-free health account get you this year?
More accurate monitoring
A pulse oximeter for when you’re out of breath… For those with conditions like asthma, pneumonia, or lung cancer, a pulse oximeter can be crucial for monitoring blood oxygen levels, especially following a procedure or operation.
A digital thermometer for days you’re under the weather… Remember when you said you were going to get your flu shot, but somehow it never happened? Now the universe has decided to make an example of you. Get a read on if it’s really the flu with a digital thermometer.
Incontinence prediction for when nature calls… You can go home with this $500 wearable prediction device for incontinence.
Better health at home
Telemedicine services for when the doctor’s office is closed… Remote medical technology like Doctor on Demand and Teladoc are becoming increasingly popular. These services allow medical diagnoses to take place from the comfort of individuals’ homes (often at a reduced price).
New baby supplies if you’re expecting more than snow this winter… There are plenty of items you can buy. Pre-natal vitamins? Breast pumps? Baby monitors? Check, check, check. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
A CPAP device if your sleep apnea just won’t quit… While it may make you look like you’re trying to snorkel above water, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device is cited as “the leading therapy for sleep apnea” by the National Sleep Foundation.
Diabetes equipment for staying on top of your blood sugar… Multiple diabetic supplies are available for purchase through your Flexible Spending Account. Find out if the diabetic supplies you use are eligible under an FSA.
Health technology pick: A glowing complexion
The IRS typically doesn’t support beauty products. But somehow, this mask made the cut as an eligible item.
The Light Therapy Acne Mask from Neutrogena has garnered attention from Elle, InStyle, and People. It was also listed as the #1 beauty breakthrough product of 2017 by Cosmo.
Unless your employer has set eligibility rules stating otherwise (see more about that here), the mask can be purchased through your Flexible Spending Account*. (Or your Health Savings Account*).
If you’re feeling adventurous (and want to try your hand at a glowing complexion), the masks are available at retailers like Target, CVS, Walmart or Walgreens.
These stores generally accept benefit cards like the Beniversal Card.
Give yourself the gift of health
Regardless of what you need this year, we hope you find the perfect gift to help you achieve a greater level of health and happiness through technology and benefits.
*Exclusions may apply. Verify what is eligible under your account before making any purchases. Log in to your account on BRiWeb through www.BenefitResource.com to check your Plan Highlights. Need help? Read “What are plan highlights and where do I find them?“