Prenatal Care Costs
Prenatal and Well Baby Care Costs
Prenatal and baby care costs can be cut using your Flexible Spending Account (FSA). During your pregnancy, and after your delivery, your newborn baby is a bundle of joy, and an unending source of deductible expenses.
A healthcare flexible spending account allows you to pay for a litany of extra expenses using pre tax dollars. You'll be amazed at the amount of qualified expenses you might qualify to deduct from your FSA.
Prenatal Care Costs
Prenatal care costs can be cut by using your healthcare flexible spending account. A healthcare FSA allows you to use pre-tax dollars to pay for a variety of deductible prenatal care medical expenses:
* Birthing classes
o Out of network co-insurance
Baby Care Costs - Pediatric Expenses
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a checkup at 2 weeks, followed by visits at 2, 4, 6, and 9 months, 12, 15, and 18 months, and 2 years. That is a minimum of seven visits during your baby's first year, assuming there are no extra visits for colds, earaches, etc. Each visit will generate a copay or coinsurance bill, which can be funded with pre-tax dollars using a healthcare FSA.
You may find yourself stocking up on a variety of special formulations for your infant, many of which can be purchased using pre-tax dollars from your Healthcare Flexible Spending Account. The recent healthcare reform legislation place additional burdens on eligibility for some of these items. Any over the counter medications may need a doctor's prescription. Look for items such as:
Breast pumps and flexible spending accounts generated a storm of controversy during 2011. First, they were deemed as ineligible expenses. Then they were reinstated unto the list of qualified items. For now they appear safe.
Baby Care Costs - Keeping Mom Healthy
Mom may require a variety of extra visits to the OB-Gyn for portpartum care. Again, each visit will generate a separate co-pay or co-insurance payemnt, which can be funded with pre-tax dollars paid through a healthcare flexible spending account.
Many women experience postpartum depression, and may seek extra counseling. Check your insurance policy to see if these sessions are covered. Once again, co payments and co-insurance become important to understand. Amounts paid for counseling to treat a specific medical or mental illness can be paid for using a healthcare flexible spending account.