In the final blog post of my series featuring benefit trends at WEX, we shine a light on a few FSA trends that might help you as you prepare for open enrollment and communications around your FSA.
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Medical FSA trends
General-purpose medical FSA purchases are categorized within the WEX benefits platform. From a high level, here’s how medical FSA funds were spent in 2021:
- Medical expenses: 42%
- Dental: 20%
- Pharmacy: 18%
- Vision: 14%
- Other: 5%
More specifically, a medical FSA covers hundreds of eligible expenses. A few of the more frequent expenses medical FSA funds were spent on in 2021 are:
- Orthodontists: 14%
- Drug stores/pharmacies: 13.7%
- Optometrists/opthalmologists: 5.8%
- Opticians/optical goods/eyeglasses: 5.7%
- Chiropractic: 1.7%
Dependent FSA trends
The COVID-19 pandemic ushered in some big changes to our lifestyles that affected FSAs, including our need for daycare and other dependent care-related services. As a result, dependent care FSA average contributions declined in 2020. However, within the WEX benefits platform, we saw a rebound in average contributions in 2021. Here are the last five years:
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