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Published on April 01, 2021

On Friday March 26th, The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released an Announcement 2021-7 that Covid-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) qualifies as medical expenses under section 213(d).

These items are now eligible for payment or reimbursement under Healthcare Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Reimbursement Arrangements and Health Savings Accounts.

PPE expenses include items such as, but not limited to the below:
- Face Masks
- Hand Sanitizer
- Sanitizing Wipes

The Difference Card will automatically update plans in our system to accommodate reimbursement of PPE eligible items. 

Once the inventory information approval system (IIAS) for merchant certification is updated to include SKUs for the newly eligible products, members will be able to use their Difference Cards for purchase. In the meantime, members can submit manual claims to be reimbursed for these items. 

Any claims incurred for the period beginning on or after January 1st, 2020 are eligible. Members may submit a previous claim with a receipt for the eligible expense, using The Difference Card Mobile App or online member portal.




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