Using FSA to buy a Bicycle. Is it possible?

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I recently opened up an FSA and signed up for way too much to go into it ($2000). I'm young and healthy and have no way of spending all of this even if I try.

I completely tore my ACL and wore through my meniscus about 2 years ago and have an MRI to prove it. Because of this, running is one of the worst things I can do because of the high impact to the injured knee which is why a bicycle would be a good piece of equipment for me.

I understand that "exercise equipment" is not reimbursable UNLESS a doctor writes a letter of medical necessity.

Does anyone know if it's likely that an ortho will write me a LMN for a bicycle if I go see them?


PS please don't recommend getting the surgery to repair it, there's no way I can get off of work for the amount of time I need

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The only way to know if a doctor would write an LMN is to ask them.

How the hell would we know?

Have you asked a doctor yet? It seems like a reasonable request. 

i had a bike fitting session ($450) reimbursed by fsa a couple years ago. all you have to do is find a doc that says biking is part of your recovery plan and is necessary. should be pretty easy with the boom in sport medicine shops springing up everywhere.

My wife has a senior friend who was able to use the FSA or HSA to pay for monthly gym membership w/ doctor's note.

I can hear the song, Sexual Healing...

ZenNUTS said:   I can hear the song, Sexual Healing...Doctor-prescribed H&B?

ablang said:   My wife has a senior friend who was able to use the FSA or HSA to pay for monthly gym membership w/ doctor's note.
  
I paid for my gym membership with an FSA in my 20s. Don't have to be a senior.  Dr. wrote a three line letter, and voila.  

cestmoi123 said:   
ablang said:   My wife has a senior friend who was able to use the FSA or HSA to pay for monthly gym membership w/ doctor's note.
  
I paid for my gym membership with an FSA in my 20s. Don't have to be a senior.  Dr. wrote a three line letter, and voila.  

  
Was that doctor's note good "forever", or did it come w/ an expiration date?

ablang said:   
cestmoi123 said:   
ablang said:   My wife has a senior friend who was able to use the FSA or HSA to pay for monthly gym membership w/ doctor's note.
  
I paid for my gym membership with an FSA in my 20s. Don't have to be a senior.  Dr. wrote a three line letter, and voila.  

  
Was that doctor's note good "forever", or did it come w/ an expiration date?

  
As I recall, the FSA provider asked for one annually.  

ablang said:   
cestmoi123 said:   
ablang said:   My wife has a senior friend who was able to use the FSA or HSA to pay for monthly gym membership w/ doctor's note.
  
I paid for my gym membership with an FSA in my 20s. Don't have to be a senior.  Dr. wrote a three line letter, and voila.  

  
Was that doctor's note good "forever", or did it come w/ an expiration date?

  the LMN must have a begin date and an end date, but there's nothing preventing you from getting another letter when one expires.

My doctor said I need a high end Cervelo aero bike as part of my treatment

That brings up another question.... Does that mean I need them to write our an LMN for a specific bicycle and price? I'd hate to have the doctor write a letter for just a "bicycle" but then need to come back with a specific brand/type. I definitely want a mountain bike but have no clue what kind.

egorber said:   That brings up another question.... Does that mean I need them to write our an LMN for a specific bicycle and price? I'd hate to have the doctor write a letter for just a "bicycle" but then need to come back with a specific brand/type. I definitely want a mountain bike but have no clue what kind.
  
I think the previous post was a joke.  I wouldn't mind getting prescribed for that.  I have over $20k in my HSA.


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brettdoyle said:   My doctor said I need a high end Cervelo aero bike as part of my treatment
Is this the model he prescribed? It looks like rehab equipment to me!
 



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