Omega-3 Supplements: FSA Eligibility

Omega-3 supplements are eligible with a prescription by a medical doctor for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Omega-3 supplements are not eligible with a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA) or a limited care flexible spending account (LCFSA).

What are Omega-3 supplements?

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements are an effective anti-inflammatory. They are found in fish, walnuts, canola, and soybean oils. Omega-3 fatty acids help the body produce healthier cells and maintain healthy joints. Omega-3 fatty acids are also an excellent joint supplement because their presence in the body helps with the production of chemicals that reduce inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids have been studied and proven effective at reducing morning stiffness and relieving joint pain.

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements can be prescribed by a medical doctor to treat, alleviate or prevent a medical condition. The most common medical condition that a doctor might prescribe Omega-3 supplements for is joint pain or inflammation. If Omega-3 fatty acid supplements are prescribed, then the expense is considered eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-directed healthcare account.

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements have other benefits, including lowering blood pressure, reducing triglycerides, slowing development of plaque within the arteries, reducing the chance of an abnormal heart rhythm, reducing the risk of a sudden heart attack or stroke, and lessening the chance of a sudden cardiac death in individuals with heart disease.

Fish oil supplements are the most common form of Omega-3 fatty acid supplement which can be prescribed by a medical doctor. Otherwise, fatty cold-water fish are the best natural food source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Eligibility Table

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Limited Care FSA Dependent Care FSA Health Savings Account (HSA) Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)

Eligible

Eligible with Rx

Eligible with LMN

Not Eligible

Additional Information

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Specifically Not Covered

Not eligible without a prescription.

Legal Information / Regulations

Prescription Required. Information Letter (IL) 2009-0209; Notice 2010-59.

 


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