We are happy to announce that NutrePRO may be ELIGIBLE for FSA and HSA reimbursement. NutrePRO can help patients avoid the health pitfalls that lead to extended hospital and skilled nursing facility stays as well as re-admittance from complications and conditions associated with being protein deficient. Since NutrePRO is not a meal replacement and is used to meet the specific daily protein intake requirements of patients with diagnosed medical conditions (such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, cachexia, sarcopenia, all types of surgical recovery, et) it may be eligible for reimbursement under your FSA or HSA plan. The ultimate determination of reimbursement is your FSA or HAS plan. Below are two links that lead to examples of “Medical Necessity” letters that patients may submit from their doctor, along with a prescription, and their NutrePRO receipt, when seeking reimbursement from their FSA or HSA plan. Below the links are excerpts from the IRS publications about coverage, for your determination about reimbursement.
HSA COVERAGE---IRS Publication 502 (2017), Medical and Dental Expenses
You can include in medical expenses amounts you pay to lose weight if it is a treatment for a specific disease diagnosed by a physician (such as obesity, hypertension, or heart disease). This includes fees you pay for membership in a weight reduction group as well as fees for attendance at periodic meetings. You can't include membership dues in a gym, health club, or spa as medical expenses, but you can include separate fees charged there for weight loss activities.
You can't include the cost of diet food or beverages in medical expenses because the diet food and beverages substitute for what is normally consumed to satisfy nutritional needs. You can include the cost of special food in medical expenses only if:
- The food doesn't satisfy normal nutritional needs,
- The food alleviates or treats an illness, and
- The need for the food is substantiated by a physician.”
“You can't include in medical expenses the cost of nutritional supplements, vitamins, herbal supplements, natural medicines," etc. unless they are recommended by a medical practitioner as treatment for a specific medical condition diagnosed by a physician.” Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Surgical Recovery, etc. all qualify as specific medical conditions that allow for the submission for reimbursement under the IRS HSA and FSA rules.
Click on the draft letter below for an example of the FSA/HSA "Medically Necessary" information you will need to submit, along with a prescription and receipt for NutrePRO, for reimbursement consideration by your plan.