Humidifiers, Air Filters, and Supplies can be a great relief for those whose medical health is affected by air quality. With a Medical Necessity Letter (LMN) from a doctor or healthcare provider, these items are eligible for reimbursement. Dual purpose products, such as air purifiers, must be prescribed by a physician in order to be considered eligible. Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRA) allow individuals to set aside pre-tax money for qualified health care expenses.
This means that air purifiers can be covered with an FSA or HRA. It is important to keep all receipts and documentation for reimbursement. The size of the room is an important factor when choosing an air filter. To properly clean the air in a room, it is recommended to change the air five times per hour, while two exchanges can be considered a minimum requirement.
For an air filter to be eligible for reimbursement, the primary purpose must be to treat or alleviate a medical condition. A Medical Necessity Letter should describe how the air filter will be used and how long the treatment will last. Air purifiers can be beneficial for those with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory conditions. With the advancement of air purification technology, air purifiers are increasingly capable of eliminating bacteria, viruses, and DNA-damaging particles.
HEPA filters can trap particles and improve home air quality. Air filters can be expensive to replace, so a removable filter that can be cleaned may be more practical.