What is an HSA?
An HSA is designed to work with a qualifying high-deductible health plan (HDHP). The money goes in tax-free, grows income tax-free and comes out income tax-free when you use it for qualified medical expenses.
You can carry over unused funds from year to year and the account is yours to keep even if you change jobs, change health plans or retire.
What is an HSA
Take charge of your healthcare spending.
Save smart, it’s easy with an OPTUMBank® Health Savings Account or HSA.
An HSA is used to save for qualified medical expenses for you and your eligible dependents, both now and in the future. It works like a regular bank account.
However, an HSA has big tax benefits.
In fact, in most cases there are three ways an HSA helps you keep your money in your pockets and out of Uncle Sam’s.
First, generally you won’t pay federal income tax on money you deposit into your account. Keep in mind the IRS sets limits on how much you can contribute each year.
Second, you won’t pay income tax on money you use for qualified medical expenses, that includes vision and dental expenses.
And third, your savings grow income tax free, helping you create a nice little nest egg for retirement.
More good news, with an HSA there’s no use it or lose it rule,
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…that means the money in your account is yours to keep, even if you change jobs or health plans.
Who’s eligible for an HSA?
The main requirement is that you’re covered under a qualifying high deductible health plan or HDHP.
Although there are additional requirements defined by the IRS.
(Additional Requirements included: Not enrolled in Medicare, not covered by any other health plan that…, covered under an IRS qualifying HDHP, may not be claimed as a dependent on another)
So, don’t wait, if you don’t already have an HSA open one!
(Talk to your employer or visit optumbank.com)
If your HSA is already up and running, contribute to it.
Start taking charge of your healthcare savings and spending with an OptumBank Health Savings Account, an easy way to save smart.
(Learn more at optumbank.com)
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Heath savings accounts (HSAs) are individual accounts offered or administered by Optum Bank, Member FDIC, and are subject to eligibility requirements and restrictions on deposits and withdrawals to avoid IRS penalties. State taxes may apply. Fees may reduce earnings on account. This communication is not intended as legal or tax advice. Federal and state laws and regulations are subject to change.
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Adding a beneficiary to your HSA:
Take a minute to ensure your HSA information is current and that you have a beneficiary selected. A beneficiary can be one or more individuals (i.e., spouse, children, relatives, friends).
If you do not assign a beneficiary, HSA funds will default to your surviving spouse or domestic partner, if you have one, or to your estate. If your HSA funds are left to your estate, it may face heavier taxation. For those reasons, it’s important to keep your beneficiary information up to date.
To add a beneficiary to your HSA, first sign in to your Optum Bank account. Then click "Manage Beneficiaries" under the “I want to …” section, and select "+ Add New Beneficiary" to fill out the online form.
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