September is here, and it’s the perfect time to remind your employees with children to check their Flexible Spending Accounts. If they still have a large balance in their FSA, back-to-school shopping might be the perfect opportunity to spend some of those funds before they expire. We’ve put together a list of FSA-eligible items for back to school. Share it with your teams to put those dollars to work!

Healthcare Items for Back to School

Stock up your medicine cabinet for another year of bruises, scuffs, and ouches from playground games and school sports. You can use FSA dollars to purchase school-year essentials like:

  • Bandages and First Aid Kits
  • Antifungal Creams & Sprays

Sniffles and bugs are always in season when school starts. FSA-eligible products for cold and flu symptoms, as well as seasonal allergies, are good to have on hand. Look for FSA-eligible:

  • Cough, Congestion, and Cold Remedies
  • Pain Relief & Fever Reducers
  • Children’s Allergy Relief
  • Antacid Tablets
  • Thermometers

Skincare is of paramount importance for many school-age kids — plus, wearing masks can stir up acne in usually clear skin. FSA-eligible skincare products include many:

  • Facial Moisturizers
  • Facial Cleansers, Washes and Masks
  • Acne Spot Treatment
  • Cold Sore Treatment
  • Body Wash

FSA-eligible items also include everyday items like vitamins and supplies for contact lenses, plus sports and therapy tools such as orthopedic braces, elastic bandages, kinesiology tape, or shoe inserts.

Sharing these FSA school year tips is the perfect way to engage with your employees about their benefits. With all of the additional pandemic stress and changes placed upon families as the 2020 school year opens up, this simple reminder may be very welcome to parents and guardians who have forgotten their FSA dollars are waiting to be spent.

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