On March 26, 2021 the IRS announced that personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19 are considered 213(d) eligible expenses for FSAs, HSAs, and HRAs. Please see IRS Announcement 2021-7.
These items are eligible retroactive to January 1, 2020. What does this mean?
- Members can submit a claim for eligible PPE items they have already purchased in their current Plan Year.
- If a Members plan still allows claim submissions for the previous Plan Year due to it's Grace Period or Run-Out Period, members may submit a claim for eligible PPE items purchased on or after January 1, 2020.
We anticipate these PPE expenses to be eligible temporarily during the ongoing pandemic. These expenses are to be purchased for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
For more information about purchasing these new items using your Surency Flex Account funds and getting reimbursed for PPE previously purchased out-of-pocket, click the blue "New Eligible Expenses Flyer" button below.