Classes, Health-Related: FSA Eligibility

Classes, Health-Related: requires a Letter of Medical Necessity (LMN) to be eligible with a Flexible Savings Account (FSA)
Fees associated with health-related classes for the primary purpose of obtaining information on a specific medical condition may qualify with a Letter of Medical Necessity (LMN) from a doctor with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA) or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Health-related classes are not eligible for reimbursement with a limited-purpose flexible spending account (LPFSA) or a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA).

Classes related to the promotion of general health and not required for medical treatment are not eligible.

What is the purpose of health-related classes?

Health-related classes are among the most important facets of disease education, a specific curriculum that is designed for patients who have been recently diagnosed with a disease or medical condition, as well as providing these educational resources to the patient's family members. These classes are particularly popular for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and other serious ailments, who can use this as an opportunity for improved support by sharing their experiences with other patients/family members who are enduring a similar struggle with their medical conditions.

The curriculum for health-related classes can vary greatly based on the diseases they cover and what institutions host them, but the vast majority will hit on topics that cover the full scope of a patient's journey with the condition. An example of possible topics include disease causes and detection methods, nutrition, how to manage side effects and cope with common treatment methods, complementary and integrative medicine, stress relief and relaxation, wellness and family support (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

How do I obtain a Letter of Medical Necessity (LMN) for health-related classes?

A Letter of Medical Necessity (LMN) from a medical professional for health-related classes is necessary for reimbursement with most benefits providers to ensure that it is necessary for the treatment of a medical condition. This letter must outline how an account holder's medical condition necessitates a health-related classes, how they will help support the treatment process and how long the classes will last.