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2019 Health Savings Account (HSA) Limits Announced

by Vita, on May 14, 2018

This applies to all employers who offer a High Deductible Health Plan that is Health Savings Account (HSA) eligible.

Overview

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2019 dollar limitations for Health Savings Accounts as well as underlying qualifying High Deductible Health Plans (available here). The maximum HSA contribution and the out of pocket maximum limits saw increases at both the family and individual levels. The minimum deductible for high deductible health plans for an individual and family stayed the same.

High Deductible Health Plan Policy Limits

    2018 2019
Minimum Deductible Individual   $1,350 $1,350
  Family $2,700 $2,700
       
Maximum Out of
Pocket Limit
Individual  $6,650 $6,750
  Family $13,300   $13,500


Health Savings Account Limits 
 
    2018 2019
Maximum HSA Contribution Individual    $3,450   $3,500
  Family

 

$6,900*

*Transition relief allows for $6,900 contribution in 2018. For more details, see our blog here.

$7,000
Over Age 55 Catch-Up Contribution   $1,000  $1,000  

High Deductible Health Plan Policy Limits

Any amount can be contributed to an HSA up to the maximum annual contribution, regardless of the actual deductible of the underlying HDHP plan. The HSA contribution rules assume that you will be enrolled on a high deductible health plan for 12 consecutive months.

Embedded Deductibles on an HSA-Qualified HDHP

Many qualified high deductible health plans have an aggregate family deductible so that if an employee covers any dependents on the plan, the family deductible applies and the individual deductible is not taken into consideration. However, there are some plans that have an embedded individual deductible such that if one member of the family meets the embedded individual deductible, then the plan coinsurance would start to pay once that individual deductible is met.  In order for such a plan to be a qualified HDHP the embeded individual deductible must be at least the minimum family deductible outlined above. As an example, these types of plans would need to have an embedded individual deductible of $2,700 to remain HSA qualified in 2019.

 
Topics:Pre-Tax

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