Fish Oil Supplements: HSA Eligibility

Fish Oil Supplements: requires a Letter of Medical Necessity (LMN) to be eligible with a Health Savings Account (HSA)
Fish oil supplements may be eligible with an LMN if used to treat a medical condition with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Fish oil supplements are not eligible with a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA) or a limited-purpose flexible spending account (LPFSA).

What are fish oil supplements?

Fish oil supplements, also referred to as omega-3 supplements, are an effective anti-inflammatory thanks to the presence of omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients are found in fish, walnuts, canola, and soybean oils, and they help the body produce healthier cells and maintain healthy joints by supporting 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 (WebMD).

Fish oil 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 fish oil supplements for is joint pain or inflammation. If fish oil supplements are prescribed, then the expense is considered eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-directed healthcare account.

Fish oil 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 (Healthline).

Fish oil supplements are the most common form of omega-3 fatty acid supplement which can be prescribed by a medical doctor. Otherwise, fatty coldwater fish, such as salmon or cod, are the best natural food source of omega-3 fatty acids.

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