St. John's Wort: FSA Eligibility

St. John's Wort is 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). St. John's Wort is not eligible with a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA) or a limited care flexible spending account (LCFSA).

What is St. John's Wort?

St. John's Wort, or St John's wort, is a medicinal herb with antidepressant activities and anti-inflammatory properties. Its name stems from the tradition of its harvesting and flowering on June 24th, or St. John's Day. St John's wort is an herbaceous perennial plant that grows around the world but originally came from Europe and Asia.

Numerous studies have proven St Johns wort's effectiveness in treating depression. One proposed mechanism, not yet entirely understood, is that it prohibits reuptake of certain neurotransmitters. It can also cause photosensitivity, and may aggravate psychosis in individuals with schizophrenia. It has interactions with SSRI antidepressants, birth control pills, and warfarin.

Depression can be caused by numerous different life events, chemical imbalances, and other medical conditions. A medical doctor should be consulted before taking St Johns wort or before taking any additional medications. A medical doctor should know when an individual is taking St Johns wort so that they can safely prescribe additional medications.

St Johns wort contains numerous chemicals that may contribute to its mechanism for treating depression. A medical doctor can provide a prescription for St Johns wort. St Johns wort is an Over-the-Counter medicine and does not require a prescription, but a prescription is required in order for St Johns wort to be considered eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-directed healthcare account. St Johns wort is normally consumed in pill form. St Johns wort is also known as Tipton's weed, rosin rose, goatweed, chase-devil, and Klamath weed.

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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