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12/31/09 1:36 P

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My plan has a 2.5 month grace period to INCUR expenses and a 3 month grace period to CLAIM them.

So I have until March 15th 2010 to use my 2009 funds (this is a great benefit, which I never knew about before) and then I have until March 30th to submit my claims.

I still have between $400 and $500 in there so buying a heart rate monitor would have been sooooo great. I have an 18 mile run coming up and this is the first time I am training by myself, so it would be so nice to have a garmin so I could very easily know my pace and distance instead of calculating myself (which always results in me running too much).

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CHERRIBABE's Photo CHERRIBABE Posts: 621
12/31/09 1:22 P

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Oh crap - it's only covered if you can provide a letter of medical neccessity. She seemed kind of clueless, but the example she gave was if I had a heart condition, or something like that.

Can anyone think of a medical reason why I'd need it? I could ask my Dr.

Weird, that a blood pressure monitor is covered and essentially they're performing similar preventative functions, to provide you with information, and neither treat a disease...

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12/31/09 1:17 P

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My FSA program did not list the monitoring devices specifically but did refer to blood pressure and blood sugar devices. The admin I spoke to about my plan said 'yes' to a heart rate monitor and mentioned that I would not have been able to determine its eligibility myself online (strange).

FYI: Some plans have an Annual Grace Period (AGP) option that allows up to 2 additional months of expense claims into the next period.



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CHERRIBABE's Photo CHERRIBABE Posts: 621
12/31/09 1:04 P

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Oh wow, what a great idea. I need to call my Flexible Spending Plan and find out today. I do have some money left over and while I was going to spend it on some other things, this could be the perfect excuse to buy it.

Were health monitoring devices listed on your plan's list of eligble expenses? and then you just confirmed with the call?

It's not listed on my list :( But I think it's still worth a call. I wonder what else would be defined as a "health monitoring device"

I actually have until today to determine how much money to put into my 2010 FSA plan. So this would be good to know for that too.

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12/29/09 11:18 P

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I have the 405 without the heart rate monitor (I chafe too easily). I LOVE it. I am going to have it surgically attached, I love it that much. Accuracy is quite good, signal capture is excellent compared to my old 205.

Do get it from REI if you can. I am on my 3rd one. Mind you I am pretty hard on these things, with over 50 miles a week in all weathers. First one had a broken strap after about a year. Second one did something funny with my pace one day (clocked me at 3:15 for the mile). Both times I walked into REI with nothing but the (well-used) watch and the receipt and they handed me a brand new watch both times, no questions asked.

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SALSACHITA's Photo SALSACHITA Posts: 196
12/29/09 8:38 P

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Thanks for your replies. I do have a polar model that I use now. It's been acting up a bit and not always tracking my heart rate. I don't know if I need to change the battery in the chest strap or what, but it's driving me crazy. I definitely want to upgrade to one that will track my distance. I hope if I do get it it's good for doing any sort of exercise and tracking the calorie burn still. I'm gonna have to check it out in person to see if it's that much bigger than the one I have. If it's similar that would be great.

Thanks so much for the idea about the flexible spending! I would've never thought of that. I'll definitely see if I can tap into the rest of mine to go towards it.

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12/29/09 5:50 P

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I think the 405CX has the heart rate monitor with a better wriststrap. Calorie calculation on the CX uses the heartrate data.

I just got the 310XT because its waterproof and a tad smaller than the 305.

I posted this awhile ago...

"I had money that I could have forfeited under my insurance flexible spending account this year because a procedure ended up cheaper than expected. Luckily, I got a tip that health monitoring devices may be covered. So, I checked my plan for eligible expenses, called the service center to confirm, and went out an got a new Garmin 310XT with HRM.

So, if you stand to forfeit funds, this may be an avenue to use up your account. Check with your plan administrators."

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12/29/09 5:47 P

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I have owned a Garmin 405GPS w/HRM for over a year. The unit works extremely well, almost all of the time. It has locked up on me a few of times. That issue has pretty much been eliminated with subsequent firmware updates.

I love the 405 for distance, pace, and route tracking; it works wonderfully. However, I have only used the HRM function a couple of times. I prefer Polar HRM for several reasons:

1. Polar HRM communicates with most of the cardio equipment in gyms I have used.
2. Polar directly interfaces with PC Coach software application.
3. I am more experience/familiarity with Polar watch interface.
4. Polar HRM has longer battery life.

That being said, I had absolutely no complaints with the performance of the Garmin 405's HRM function when I did use it, in fact, I recommend it.

Yes, when I run outdoors, I wear both units; Polar HRM on my left wrist and Garmin GPS on my right. They are both outstanding units...but they do not talk to each other (sigh).

If I was forced to choose between one unit or the other for a run outdoors, I would choose my Garmin 405 GPS/HRM.

As mentioned in earlier post, the 405 is a little bulky, but still much smaller than previous models (205, 305). I don't find it to be the least bit uncomfortable; I have worn it for a couple of half marathons without any problems. You may find it a little difficult to operate the bezel functions if you are wearing gloves or mittens. However, it can be customized so that you likely won't need to adjust anything once the timer has been started.

Depending on how far/long you run, battery life could be an issue. I have worn it on trail hikes. The battery has died on me twice at about 5 1/2 hours. Granted most people don't run that long, but just in case.

Summary, if you're looking to buy a Garmin 405 GPS/HRM, I highly recommend it. I do not believe you will be disappointed with its performance.

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12/29/09 4:10 P

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Hello! I have the 405 (without the heart rate monitor) and I love it. The watch is still pretty big - larger than a typical woman's watch and doesn't fit tightly on my wrist (but works well over a jacket sleeve). I have found it to be very accurate and I like the online software - very fun to see maps of my run with all the splits/elevation/calories burned, etc.

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12/29/09 3:26 P

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I'm thinking of getting this watch/hr monitor. I'm looking for one that will track my calories burned, distance, speed, etc without being to bulky. This seems to fit my needs. It's pricey, but I'm willing to splurge if it's accurate. Does anyone have this one or have another one they can recommend?

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