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Why Enroll in a Health Savings Account?

An HSA is a tax-exempt account established primarily for the purpose of paying qualified medical expenses. Most people covered under an IRS-qualified High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) can open and contribute to an HSA.

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Tax-free savings for medical expenses.

What is a Health Savings Account (HSA)?

An HSA is a personal savings account that can be used to pay for medical, dental, vision and other qualified expenses now or later in life. To contribute to an HSA you must be enrolled in a qualified high-deductible health plan. Your contributions are tax deductible but are limited annually. If your employer offers payroll deduction, you’ll see immediate tax savings on your contributions.

You can use the money tax-free to pay for eligible expenses such as:

  • Dental Care
  • Contacts & Eyeglasses
  • Medical Expenses
  • Insurance Deductibles
  • Prescriptions
  • Orthodontia
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Cobra Premiums
  • Hearing Aids
  • Laser Eye Surgery

No more “use it or lose it”

Since it is a savings account, you are encouraged to save more than you spend. Unlike FSA funds which are “use-it-or-lose-it,” your HSA balance rolls over from year-to-year and earns interest along the way. The account is portable, which means that if you ever leave your employer, you can take the HSA with you. It’s your money and your account.

How can an HSA help secure my retirement?

Contributing in a health savings account allows you to invest pre-tax dollars for your biggest retirement expense - HEALTHCARE.

You can continue to contribute year after year and withdrawals can be made at any point in time. Whether you withdraw the money tomorrow, five years from now, or in retirement, funds used for qualified healthcare expenses are always tax free.

*2016 Value. For illustrative purposes only. Savings calculations are based on a federal tax rate of 15%, state tax rate of 5%, and 7.65% FICA. Balance calculations assume an average interest rate of 3%. Actual results may vary.

REDUCE your taxable Gross Income.

SPEND tax-free dollars for medical care.

INVEST and grow your HSA tax free!

HSAs offer a triple tax advantage

  1. CONTRIBUTE TAX-FREE

    If Your employer offers payroll deduction through a Cafeteria Plan, you may make contributions to your HSA on a pre-tax basis or you can contribute to your HSA post-tax and recognize the same tax savings by claiming the deduction when filing your annual taxes.

  2. SPEND TAX-FREE

    Eligible medical purchases can be made tax-free when you use your HSA. Make this easy by using your Benefits Debit Card or online bill pay. You can also pay out-of-pocket for eligible medical expenses and then reimburse yourself from your HSA.

  3. EARN TAX-FREE

    Unlike most savings accounts, interest earned on an HSA is not considered taxable income when the funds are used for eligible medical expenses. You can also invest HSA dollars and interest earned is also tax free.

Spending is easy

Our convenient debit card allows you to avoid out-of-pocket expenses, cumbersome claim forms and reimbursement delays. You may also utilize the “pay a provider” option on our web portal.

Account access is easy

Get account information from our easy-to-use online portal and mobile app. See your account balance, contributions and account history in real time.

When do you pay taxes on your HSA?

The only time you may pay taxes or penalties on your HSA funds is if you make a non-eligible purchase, or if you contribute more than the yearly maximum contribution limit. However, both circumstances can be corrected free of tax penalties by April 15th of the following calendar year.

Advantages of an HSA

HSA Tools & Calculators

Tax Savings

Determine your tax savings with our HSA Tax Savings calculator

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Contribution Limits

Determine how much you can contribute to your HSA

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Choosing a Plan

Compare your out-of-pocket costs for an HDHP /HSA plan to a non HSA plan option.

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Eligible HSA Expenses

View the eligible and ineligible HSA expenses

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Still have questions? Click here to view our Frequently Asked
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