Back to School: 5 FSA-Eligible Essentials

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Back to School: 5 FSA-Eligible Essentials

It’s back to school time! Before you get busy shuttling the kids to a slew of extracurriculars, take a moment to see how you can get the most out of your health care FSA during this busy time.
The following items are eligible to be reimbursed with your BESTflexSM Plan funds:


1. Medications

What’s always in style? Crisp blank notebook paper. And being prepared with refills of your family’s current medications, that’s what! Prescribed medications are eligible under the BESTflex health care FSA.

If your child needs an over-the-counter (OTC) medication, you may want to talk to your pediatrician to request a prescription* in order to pay using your BESTflex account. Prescriptions must include the patient name, medication name, dosage, and timeframe for treatment.



2. Flu Shot

Did you know that even healthy people can catch the flu? The flu often spreads very easily, causing many absences, hospitalizations, and deaths in the U.S.  People age 65 and older make up 90% of flu-related deaths each year.

Stop that flu in its tracks! The CDC recommends the annual vaccine for people older than 6 months. Get the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available this year! Flu season lasts from October through May. Make sure none of your little ones have extra days home on the couch!



3. Eyeglasses

If you have enough funds in your BESTflex account, you may use it for this higher value FSA-eligible expense.  Assess the situation with your family’s prescription eyeglasses (or contact lenses) to see who might need new ones soonest. Bonus: avoid your high-schooler not being able to read the board but not telling anyone about it.


4. First Aid Kit 

Avoid sudden trips to the drug store on a school night!  Why not be prepared now? First Aid Kits come in a variety of sizes and prices. Choose a kit based on family size and your BESTflex account budget. Essentials include: sterile gauze, adhesive tape, antibiotic ointment, bandages, antiseptic, finger splints, eye covering, tweezers, thermometer, instant cold packs, pain relievers, and more.  

Better yet — build your own Kit, stocked with your family’s go-to items.  Request a prescription for OTC* items such as pain relievers, cough drops, antacids, decongestants, and allergy medications from your physician.


5. Crutches

Did recess play get a little out of hand? Ouch! Sometimes things that are the least expected can be the most expensive. We’re tipping you off to this FSA-eligible item, in hopes that your family doesn’t need them anytime soon— but if so, you’ll be prepared.

*The IRS requires a doctor’s prescription or Letter of Medical Necessity for certain dual-use items. If you’re unsure, check with your doctor, or contact Participant Services at (800) 346 2126 or email


To check your BESTflex, EBC HRA, or SimplyHSA account balance, submit a Claim, track processed Claims, and more:  Log in to your Participant account at



1. Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine. (2016). In Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from

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