For people with a Grace Period deadline, this is the final chance to spend down remaining FSA funds from 2016, or risk forfeiting those funds.
According to a recent FSAstore.com survey, approximately 42% of employers offer a Grace Period, which gives individuals a two-and-a-half month extension to use FSA money that they contributed to their account in the prior plan year.
According to FSAstore.com customer data, some of the most common—and not so common—expenses include:
Services from dentists, orthodontists, physicians, acupuncturists and chiropractors
Smartphone-enabled, wireless blood pressure monitors and wrist-worn monitors
Sunscreen and sunscreen lip balm (SPF 15+, broad spectrum)
Baby health care products (nasal mist, breast pumps and supplies, etc.)
First-Aid kits and products
Pregnancy tests and prenatal vitamins
Feminine hygiene products
Scented relaxation masks
Expenses that are NOT eligible:
Weight-loss products/fitness trackers
Heart rate monitors
Medical marijuana (Could be eligible when prescribed by a physician or when subject to medical necessity with appropriate documentation. If you are questioning a specific expense, first check with your FSA administrator on eligibility.)
Some FSA account holders may have a Carryover option that allows them to carry over up to $500 in FSA funds to the next plan year. An employer may offer an FSA Carryover or Grace Period option, but not both. Employers are not required to offer either option.