IRS FAQs Clarify When General Health Expenses are Qualified Medical Expenses

On Friday, March 17, 2023, the IRS announced they have assembled a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to clarify when certain nutrition, wellness, and general health expenses might qualify as medical expenses under the tax code.  These FAQs, along with Publication 502, clarify that when such expenses are for the treatment of a diagnosed condition, they can typically be reimbursed from group benefit plans such as health flexible spending accounts (FSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), and health savings accounts (HSAs).  Some examples of expenses addressed in the FAQs include “nutritional counseling, weight-loss programs, gym memberships, and treatment for substance use disorders.”

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About Michelle Cammayo, Compliance National Practice Leader, Employee Benefits

Michelle Cammayo has close to 20 years of Employee Benefits experience specializing in all lines of health and welfare benefits. Today, Michelle works closely with clients and partners to provide guidance in areas of the law including ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, FMLA and PPACA. She is also the IMA National Practice Leader for Compliance and endeavors to ensure IMA helps its clients manage and eliminate risk in the most effective manner. She is passionate about educating others and her passion for this shined in the COVID era where Michelle conducted weekly and then monthly webinars providing guidance to employers. Her podcast, Cammayo’s Compliance Talk, has gained popularity in the last three years to become a favorite amongst our clients. She also contributes regularly to our Blog and has authored several articles for industry-related newsletters. Michelle’s consultative approach with employers provides practical advice as employers endeavor to be compliant.

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