With Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), individuals and businesses buy less expensive health insurance policies with high deductibles. Contributions to the accounts are made on a pre-tax basis. The money can accumulate year after year tax free, and be withdrawn tax free to pay for a variety of medical expenses such as doctor visits, prescriptions, chiropractic care and premiums for long-term-care insurance.
Participating employers can also contribute to accounts, on behalf of their employees.
Here are the 2018 limits for individual and family coverage, which were announced by the IRS in Revenue Procedure 2017-37. They are determined after the IRS applies cost-of-living adjustment rules, and the changes in the Consumer Price Index for the relevant period.
- HSA Contribution Limits. The 2018 annual HSA contribution limit for individuals with self-only HDHP coverage is $3,450 (up from $3,400 for 2017), and the limit for individuals with family HDHP coverage is $6,900 (up from $6,750 for 2017).
- High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) Minimum Required Deductibles. The 2018 minimum annual deductible for self-only HDHP coverage is $1,350 (up from $1,300 for 2017) and the minimum annual deductible for family HDHP coverage is $2,700 (up from $2,600 for 2017).
- HDHP Out-of-Pocket Maximums. The 2018 maximum limit on out-of-pocket expenses (including items such as deductibles, co-payments and other amounts, but not premiums) for self-only HDHP coverage is $6,650 (up from $6,550 for 2017), and the limit for family HDHP coverage is $13,300 (up from $13,100 for 2017).
For more information about HSAs, contact your employee benefits and tax advisor.
The Benefits of an HSA
Qualifying for an HSA
To be an eligible individual and qualify for an HSA, you must meet the following requirements:
— Source: The IRS