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

Michelle Cammayo has more than 13 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 also oversees the Compliance Department at Bolton & Company to ensure we are helping our clients manage and eliminate risk with regards to employee benefit compliance.

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