Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

Fsa Reimbursement For Gluten-free Foods
0

6 posts in this topic

Hi folks,

Has anyone submitted a claim form for reimbursement from their FSA (Flexible Spending Account) for the price difference between gluten-free food and the "regular" variety? If so, would anyone be willing to share their strategies for finding and listing the comparison prices?

My FSA administrator just wants a fairly simple spreadsheet, but for each item, I can use a different store -- if relevant -- for the comparable price. For example, I get gluten-free bread at Whole Foods, but if I didn't need the special kind, I would probably just get much cheaper bread at Ralphs or something... Short of going to Ralphs and writing down the comparable price of every item, is there a simpler/faster way of compiling these comparison prices?

Thanks in advance for any tips on how to do this efficiently!

Cheers,

Fiona (glutant) :-)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:
Short of going to Ralphs and writing down the comparable price of every item, is there a simpler/faster way of compiling these comparison prices?

I asked that question of my FSA administrator, and their advice is to go to a website for a supermarket that delivers, like Albertson's or Safeway, and print out their page for a comparable item, or do a Shopping List if the order page lists prices, then print out just that page. So if you buy wheat-free tamari, just choose any one of the soy sauces they sell as your comparison, and you have documented proof, not just what you say you would have paid. Prices don't vary too much nationally, so it's fine to pick the chain closest to you if there isn't a major grocery that delivers in your immediate area.

I didn't have any 2008 funds left over to make a claim against for my shopping trips so far, so it'll be a month or so before I try this, but I fully expect it to work successfully, as this is what they've asked for to process a claim. I'll post otherwise if my first claim is denied.

Good luck!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hi folks,

Has anyone submitted a claim form for reimbursement from their FSA (Flexible Spending Account) for the price difference between gluten-free food and the "regular" variety? If so, would anyone be willing to share their strategies for finding and listing the comparison prices?

My FSA administrator just wants a fairly simple spreadsheet, but for each item, I can use a different store -- if relevant -- for the comparable price. For example, I get gluten-free bread at Whole Foods, but if I didn't need the special kind, I would probably just get much cheaper bread at Ralphs or something... Short of going to Ralphs and writing down the comparable price of every item, is there a simpler/faster way of compiling these comparison prices?

Thanks in advance for any tips on how to do this efficiently!

Cheers,

Fiona (glutant) :-)

I never bothered and actually dumped my FSA account for 2009 because they are such a pain in the butt as far as keeping records and filing a claim for reimbursement! A person should not have to account for every expenditure at time of purchase. It created a mountain of paperwork, which is stupid considering this is the computer age. It may just be the company used by my employer but there were many complaints lodged this year regarding their standard of proof so many people dropped them.

It wasn't adding up to a whole lot for me anyway. I figure the FSA accounts are good for major expenditures but for the small stuff, I don't bother.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

:o Holy crap! I never even thought about the gluten-free products I purchase and that they could be eligible for my FSA.

I should check with my administrator to see if it qualifies!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Don't forget that you MAY be able to deduct some food expenses on your Federal taxes, IF you have enough deductions to itemize and get the medical costs deduction (7%?).

Good luck.

BTW, Italians get 140 Euros a month food allowance AND 2 days off a month to "shop for gluten-free food". True.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




What exactly is an FSA? How do i get one? i have never heard of one before seeing this post. Can you still get tax deductions? If not which would be the best idea??

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,144
    • Total Posts
      919,569
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Thanks Stephanie & Gemini for the info. that the 4 of 5 doesn't apply to children. I wasn't aware of that until now. 
    • I think the posters above have given you very good information and I will throw in my 2 cents worth.  I am surprised that they did not test her DGP IgA also.  I am sure that would have been positive.  They switched off with antibody classes and usually they do both tests for both antibodies.  IgA is more specific to Celiac but the IgG is also useful.  The testing shows your daughter is producing antibodies to the gluten in her diet. (DGP IGG). THe tTg shows positive for some damage or inflammation. You know........your daughter is only 4.  She hasn't been on the planet or eating gluten that long. It can take years for enough damage to occur for it to be able to be found on biopsy.  I would say it is highly likely that this is Celiac, especially with her symptoms. But because the damage hasn't graduated to bad enough yet, they won't diagnose her. I think you need to do what others have said and get all copies of testing and find someone else who will take a look and give a diagnosis, especially if they have you do a dietary trial and her symptoms go away.  That might be the only recourse if you want faster proof. I know I would want faster.  I would not really be happy if I thought I had to keep feeding her something that was making her sick.  If you keep her on gluten long enough, the diarrhea will probably show up. BTW.........the criteria mentioned regarding diagnosis does not apply to kids.  I know it's silly and stupid but most leading Celiac specialists do not go by this criteria for kids.......adults only.  Keep that in mind because it might come up.  You could recognize it but they might not. Have you considered gene testing, to help bolster a diagnosis? As far as false positives go, it's the other way around. False negatives happen more frequently than many people think.  It's a recurring theme here.  With her symptoms, which is what I had, a bloated belly and tummy aches are telling.  Have they tested her for lactose intolerance?  That can cause similar symptoms, although it sure won't raise those 2 blood tests.  Keep looking for Celiac because there are many red flags here.
    • This 4 out of 5 criteria does not apply to children. I was never given a reason why, but it isn't.     That said, you may try to get a second opinion from another GI who may be willing to give her a firm dx.  We were in your boat 6 years ago and while I'm sure I'll get slammed for it, I wish we had kept gluten in our kiddos diet till he scoped positive for a variety of reasons.  Again, even family is different and you have to find what is best for you!
    • Mnoosh, I had swollen lymph nodes prior to celiac dx and for a while after going gluten free. My neck as well as groin. The groin ones were the worst. Guess what? All gone! It's hard to recall a time line & consider that everyone is different but I think mine completely resolved within a year.  You've been given great information. Just breathe and then again, breathe. You're going to be fine. 
    • It is the only thing you have eaten, so it can't be anything else?  I eat it with no issues so I am not sure how you can be certain that is the problem.  All I am saying is that its sort of "your word against mine and the company's word".  
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,176
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    Red Butt in hemet
    Joined