Everything You Need to Know about HSAs & FSAs

What are HSAs and FSAs?

HSA stands for health savings account, whereas FSA is a flexible spending account. Both programs are used to cover healthcare expenses. 

There are a few differences between HSAs and FSAs. The first is who owns them. HSAs are set up and owned by you, whereas your employer provides FSAs. If you change employers, your FSA funds usually need to be spent.

The second difference is that HSA funds carry over year after year. On the other hand, FSA funds are “use it or lose it.” Unspent FSA funds are voided at the end of the plan year. So if you have an FSA account, be sure you know when your funds will expire and spend them before that deadline.

What do HSA and FSA Accounts Cover?

While eligible purchases tend to change from year to year, here are a few things these accounts generally cover:

  • Allergy medication
  • Band-Aids
  • Birth control pills
  • Copays for prescriptions 
  • Eyedrops
  • Ibuprofen
  • My Medic first aid kits
  • Vision care
  • X-rays 


Do I Have an HSA/FSA?

To find out if you have an HSA or FSA, you’ll need to ask your insurance company or employer. Do note that HSA accounts are only available for individuals or families enrolled in a qualifying high-deductible health plan.

How to Make a Purchase Using HSA/FSA

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Using an HSA/FSA Debit Card

Many HSA and FSA accounts issue debit cards to their customers. This makes it extra easy to pay for eligible items.

Check Your Balance

Before making a purchase, you must ensure you have enough funds to cover the product. You can check your balance in your HSA/FSA provider’s app or website. If you don’t have enough money in the account to cover the cost, you can email ouch@mymedic.com to pay for the item partially with HSA/FSA funds and the rest out of pocket.

Make Sure the Product is HSA/FSA Approved

Most My Medic products are both HSA and FSA-approved for 2022, excluding survival items. You can find a list of approved and ineligible items at the bottom of this page. If a product is not approved, your claim will be denied, and you’ll have to cover the cost out of pocket.

Pay for the Items

After adding your HSA/FSA-approved products to your cart, make your way to the checkout page and pay using the debit card issued by your HSA/FSA provider. The process will be the same as checking out with a personal credit card.

Acquire an Itemized Receipt

Your HSA/FSA provider will most likely reach out within a week to double-check that your purchase is eligible. For this, you’ll need an itemized receipt both for the provider and your personal records. To receive an itemized receipt of your My Medic purchase, email ouch@mymedic.com.

Extra Steps

Some companies have a few extra steps when it comes to submitting your itemized receipt. While some will simply have you send your itemized receipt to them, others will require you to manually enter the information on their website. Be sure to check how your provider wants it submitted and follow their instructions.

Paying Out of Pocket

While paying with a debit card issued by your provider makes it easy to separate eligible and unqualified purchases, some companies don’t provide these cards. Instead, you’ll pay out of pocket and submit a request for reimbursement.

Check Your Balance

If you don’t have the funds to pay for an item, your HSA/FSA provider won’t cover the purchase. So before placing an order, be sure to check your balance. Alternatively, many companies will allow you to submit a partial reimbursement request so you can pay for your items partially with HSA/FSA dollars. 

Make Sure the Product is HSA/FSA Approved

If a product isn’t approved for HSA/FSA dollars, your provider won’t reimburse you for the product you’ve bought. At the bottom of this document is a list of qualifying products that are reimbursable. 

Buy Your Desired Items

Add the products you want to the shopping cart and check out as usual. Easy peasy! 

Get an Itemized Receipt

hsa eligible first aid kit

 To be reimbursed for your purchase, you will need to submit an itemized receipt to the company. To get one from My Medic, email ouch@mymedic.com

Submitting the Itemized Receipt 

Depending on the company, they may have you submit a pdf version of the receipt or require you to type it all in manually. Be sure to follow the instructions your provider gives you. Once your request has been received and approved, the provider will issue a reimbursement.

What is an Itemized Receipt

An itemized receipt contains more information than a generic receipt. An itemized receipt contains specific information about your purchase. It needs to include the following:

  • Business name
  • Date
  • Items purchased
  • Method of payment
  • Price of each item
  • Total bill amount

Depending on the merchant, this information may come in various orders or be found in different locations on your receipt. 

Returning Products Purchased with HSA/FSA

We get it; sometimes, you buy something that isn’t exactly what you need. If you purchased it using HSA dollars, you’re in luck! We have a 90-day return or exchange policy for all first aid kits. If you purchased using an FSA card, check with your provider before requesting a refund. Since FSA funds need to be used during a finite period of time, your funds will be forfeited when you request a refund. 

What You Can’t Do With Your HSA/FSA

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 Unfortunately, HSA and FSA accounts don’t solve all your problems. Here are some things you can’t do with HSA or FSA accounts.

  • Buy vitamins or supplements for general health
  • Cover insurance premiums 
  • Get Billy Haley (our awesome director of education) to attend your barbecue
  • Pay for non-medical expenses


What to Do if Your Card is Declined

It happens, and while it’s frustrating, it isn’t the end of the world. Here’s what may have happened:

Check Your Account Funds

If a purchase exceeds your account balance, it won’t go through. Your options from here are paying out of pocket and requesting a partial reimbursement, paying entirely out of pocket, or foregoing the purchase. 

Activate Your Card

When your card comes in the mail, it’s not quite ready to use yet, unfortunately. First, you need to confirm with the provider that you’ve received the card. This helps keep your card from being stolen and using your funds before it even arrives at your door.

Ensure the Merchant Accepts HSA & FSA Cards

We do, but not everyone does! If the store you’re purchasing from doesn’t accept these cards, you may have to pay out of pocket and file manually for reimbursement or simply find a different seller.

What My Medic Products are Qualified for HSA/FSA in 2024? 

fsa eligible first aid kits


Don’t Qualify
  • Survival Gear
  • Bivvy
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Swag gear

While using your HSA or FSA may seem daunting at first, it’s easy once you know how it works. If you have any other questions about using your HSA/FSA funds with My Medic, reach out to ouch@mymedic.com, and we’ll be happy to help!

Author | Allison Lee

I'm Allison, a content writer at My Medic. My passion is empowering others with first aid knowledge and skills through my writing.


  • I’m Glad For This Information!!! I’m still learning about this topic!!
    My Medic replied:
    Hey Robin, we’re glad this was helpful! Hope you have a great and safe new year!

    Robin Rigoni
  • Do the insurance companies automatically issue the debit card or do you have to request one? How about people that have Covered California with a very high deductible?
    My Medic replied:
    Hey Cherri! Both of those are things you should check with your provider as it varies from company to company.

    Cherri Gonsalves
  • Great information, I will look into this With my insurance and purchase a first aid kit. Did not know that I had the opportunity to precious one from y’all good to know now.
    My Medic replied:
    Hey Miranda, that’s a great idea! If you need any help, feel free to reach out to us!

    Richard Miranda
  • This was super helpful
    Allison. Thank you for writing it. : )
    My Medic replied:
    So glad you found it useful!


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