Stem Cell Banking & YOUR Taxes: what you need to know about Uncle Sam
Updated: Feb 25
Tax filing opens tomorrow, February 12th, for Americans to file 2020 returns. Wishing you’d been smarter about benefits and deductions? Did you know that some insurance companies will cover fees and in certain circumstances, you can use an FSA or HSA to pay for stem cell banking? That’s right! Bank your stem cells with Hope Bio in 2021 to safeguard both your health and your money.
The bottom line: Hope Biosciences uses patent-protected technology to grow and care for your cells, making it the only clinical grade stem cell banking company for adults and newborns in the nation. Not only do you want to bank your cells, you want to bank with hope, at Hope.
At Hope Biosciences we bank 100% pure mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) harvested from adult fat or from the placenta in newborns. We then multiply the cells to create a master cell bank that can generate a lifetime’s worth of cells. These cells have a wide variety of functions, giving them so much potential for the fight against degenerative disease. Banking is easy, comfortable, and safe — click here for a video overview of the entire process.
There is no time like the present to take action. Your body naturally loses stem cells as you age, which is why, for instance, cuts and scrapes heal more slowly as we grow older. Your stem cells will never be as strong or prolific as they are right now, today, while you’re reading this. What does all that mean? It means you want to bank now.
Some insurance companies state coverage for stem cell banking, including Humana and Cigna, which advertise that they will cover medically necessary cell therapies that meet certain safety parameters (safe and secure clinical trials are administered through the Hope Biosciences Stem Cell Research Foundation — click here for more). Other groups advertise coverage of cell therapies for certain types of diseases.
Wondering about using your Flexible Savings Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA)? According to IRC Sec 213, medical expenses are defined as “the costs of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, and the costs for treatments affecting any part or function of the body including dental expenses.” While it certainly sounds like MSC banking should qualify, legislation has not quite caught up to the science, and as of this writing banking is not widely considered eligible or deductible. There is encouraging news for those who can prove medical need to treat a current or imminent condition, with a “letter of medical necessity” from a physician — in these cases, banking can be paid for with funds from and FSA or HSA.
Ready to put your dollars to work protecting something you can’t put a price tag on — your health, and the health of your loved ones? Reach out to Hope now, with hope.
(P.S. We appreciate financial professionals, because we are not. Check with yours.)