Hi there! My name is Michael and I created this site.
My wife and I are fortunate in that her employer puts money into an HSA for us every year. We use it for copays, routine labwork, and prescriptions. However, there were times when I was wandering around the pharmacy section of my local grocery store and wondering if some of the things on our grocery list were HSA-eligible. I would quickly google something like sunscreen and find out that it seemed eligible, but I was never quite sure, and I would ending up paying for it out of pocket because I would rather play it safe than do the wrong thing. Then I would go home, do a bit more research, and find out that it is indeed eligible (as long as it's SPF 15+) and that I had wasted my valuable post-tax dollars. And then I would kick myself.
Then, months later when we'd need to buy more sunscreen, I'd find myself in the same situation: wandering the grocery store and trying to google the answer, knowing that I had looked it up before but couldn't quite remember. And then, in an effort to just make a safe decision and get home, I'd buy it out of my own pocket again, go home and research the answer, and kick myself. Again.
So that's why I created this site. I wanted my wife and I to have access to a comprehensive list of products that we could reference when we weren't sure if something was eligible for our HSA. Most HSA plans have documentation, but they're often vague, incomplete, or hidden behind logins. Making my own site with a simple URL just seemed easier. I hope you find it as useful as we have.
I am always updating the site, so if there's a product you think should be on the eligible or ineligible list, just send me an email and let me know.
I'm an executive with years of experience at the highest level of business operations, which means I'm very familiar with health insurance, HSAs, and working with insurance groups to ensure employees understand the benefits they're receiving. What's more, I have an educational and professional background in writing, so I know how to research topics well and write about them in simple terms.
On the internet, anyone can be an expert. That can be a problem, and that's why you'll find a sources section on every page of this site, when appropriate, with links to the sources. We want you to trust the information you find here, so all sources are of the highest quality. On the same note, we're human and therefore aren't immune to making mistakes, so please don't hesitate to reach out if you find any errors.
If you're interested in HSAs, there's a good chance you take an interest in your health in other ways too. That's how I feel anyway, and that's why I've added a few different sections related to health on this site. I only add information I personally find interesting and want to quickly reference myself. And, as mentioned in the previous section, all information has been vetted and sourced according to the highest standards.