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Health Savings Account Eligibility

Anyone is eligible for a health savings account as long as the following considerations are met:

  • You are covered by an HSA-qualified High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)
  • You are not covered by other health insurance
  • You are not enrolled in Medicare
  • You are not claimed as a dependent on someone else's tax return

In addition to the HDHP, you also are permitted to have the following healthcare coverage:

  • Specific Disease/Illness, Disability, Dental, Vision, & Long Term Care
  • Employee Assistance, Disease Management, or Wellness Programs
  • VA Benefits (See VA Benefits & HSAs)
  • IHS Benefits (See IHS Benefits & HSAs)

To learn more, see HSA Eligibility and Contributions.


HSA-Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)


Today, you typically have choices as to which HSA health plan works best for you.  However, plans do vary from state to state, so we will cover some of the more common options. 

Some plans cover 100% of your medical expenses once the deductible is met.  Other plans offer co-insurance which reduces your monthly premiums even further.  With co-insurance, the plan would pay a percentage of your medical expenses after the deductible is met and until you reach a specific dollar amount referred to as a 'maximum out-of-pocket'.  At this point the insurance begins paying all medical expenses at 100% of the cost. 

Plans may also offer choice in the amount of your deductible.  Remember, the higher the deductible, the lower the premium.  Work with your local insurance professional to review your options and find the health plan that best covers your needs at a price that is affordable to you.


2016 HDHP Requirements & HSA Contribution Limits


Deductibles & Maximum Out-of-Pocket Expenses:

  • Federal law dictates the minimum deductible for a qualified HSA plan.  Plus, the amount of medical expenses you pay out of your own pocket in any given year (before the insurance pays 100%) is also set by law.  These amounts are indexed annually to reflect the rate of inflation.
 2016 HDHP Requirements

 Coverage

Minimum
Deductible

 Maximum
Out-of-Pocket

 Individual $1,300  $6,550
 Family $2,600  $13,100

 

Individual Policy: 

Minimum Deductible:  $1,300
Maximum Out-of-Pocket:  $6,550

Family Policy: 

Minimum Deductible:  $2,600
Maximum Out-of-Pocket:  $13,100

 

HSA Contribution Limits:

  • HSA contributions are funds that are deposited into your HSA.  Although anyone can make deposits into your HSA, (whether that's you, your employer, or a generous relative) federal law sets the maximum amount that can be deposited on an annual basis. 
     
2016 HSA Contribution Limits
Coverage Regular Catch-Up (Age 55+)
Individual $3,350 $1,000
Family $6,650 $1,000

 

Individual Policy:

Maximum 2012 Contributions:  $3,350
If Age 55+ (w/ $1,000 catch-up):  $4,350

Family Policy:

Maximum 2012 Contributions:  $6,650
If Age 55+ (w/ $1,000 catch-up):  $7,650


 

2015 HDHP Requirements & HSA Contribution Limits


Deductibles & Maximum Out-of-Pocket Expenses:

  • Federal law dictates the minimum deductible for a qualified HSA plan.  Plus, the amount of medical expenses you pay out of your own pocket in any given year (before the insurance pays 100%) is also set by law.  These amounts are indexed annually to reflect the rate of inflation.
 2015 HDHP Requirements

 Coverage

Minimum
Deductible

 Maximum
Out-of-Pocket

 Individual $1,300  $6,450
 Family $2,600  $12,900

 

Individual Policy: 

Minimum Deductible:  $1,300
Maximum Out-of-Pocket:  $6,450

Family Policy: 

Minimum Deductible:  $2,600
Maximum Out-of-Pocket:  $12,900

 

HSA Contribution Limits:

  • HSA contributions are funds that are deposited into your HSA.  Although anyone can make deposits into your HSA, (whether that's you, your employer, or a generous relative) federal law sets the maximum amount that can be deposited on an annual basis. 
     
2015 HSA Contribution Limits
Coverage Regular Catch-Up (Age 55+)
Individual $3,350 $1,000
Family $6,650 $1,000

 

Individual Policy:

Maximum 2014 Contributions:  $3,350
If Age 55+ (w/ $1,000 catch-up):  $4,350

Family Policy:

Maximum 2014 Contributions:  $6,650
If Age 55+ (w/ $1,000 catch-up):  $7,650