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baby 150x150 Breast Pumps Now An Eligible FSA ExpenseToday the IRS announced it will treat expenses for breast pumps and supplies that assist in lactation as deductible medical expenses (Announcement 2011-14) through Section 125 Cafeteria Plans (including Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, and Archer medical Savings Accounts).

Previously, these expenses had to include a Letter of Medical Necessity in order to be reimbursed through an FSA or HSA as the IRS considered them to be “general health” items.  The IRS now is stating that breast pumps and supplies that assist in lactation “are for the purpose of affecting a structure or function of the body of the lactating woman,” and therefore are deductible under IRC § 213(d).

In the announcement, the IRS stated its intention to update Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses, to reflect this change.

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