Benefits Alert 2011-01
The Internal Revenue Service has concluded that breast pumps and supplies that assist lactation are medical care under § 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code because, like obstetric care, they are for the purpose of affecting a structure or function of the body of the lactating woman.
Therefore, amounts reimbursed for these expenses qualify as eligible medical expenses under Health FSAs, Archer medical savings accounts, health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), or health savings accounts (HSAs).
About the Author
Trish Neely, CFCI
ishas worked in the benefits field over 23 years; 10 years overseeing FBMC’s Legal and Compliance division. She is Editor of the award winning Quarterly Review
newsletter, FBMC’s practice leader and trainer on regulatory matters and a frequent seminar speaker. Her most recent 60-minute webinar through ExecSense Webinars
was titled “What Compliance Executives Need to Know About Health Care Reform.”
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