Exercise Ball: HSA Eligibility

Exercise Ball: reimbursement is not eligible with a Health Savings Account (HSA)

Exercise balls are typically not eligible for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Exercise balls are not eligible with a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA) or a limited care flexible spending account (LCFSA).

What is an exercise ball?

An exercise ball, or a stability ball, is a large inflated workout ball designed for rehabilitation and strengthening of muscles with the help of directed exercises (LIVESTRONG).

What can an exercise ball help with?

Exercise balls can be utilized for those recovering from back or spine injuries, as well as those trying to strengthen their core for rehabilitation purposes. 

For spine strengthening, an exercise ball can help find a neutral spine position, learn proper posture, increase lumbar mobility, increase balance and develop overall control of back and abdominal muscles (Veritashealth.com).

There may be exceptions in which exercises balls are eligible for reimbursement with a Letter of Medical Necessity from a medical professional. If it has been recommended by your doctor that you use one to treat or mitigate a diagnosed medical condition, contact your benefits administrator to determine when and if they would allow this expense, and with what type of documentation will be required if so.


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