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Technical Update vol. 26 no. 28 - Contributions for Health Savings Accounts Rise

July 12, 2022

A health savings account (HSA) is an employer-established benefit often offered in conjunction with employer-provided health plans. The plans are designed to help offset the costs of high-deductible health plans (HDHP). In order to enroll in an HSA, you must also be part of an HDHP that meets the minimum deductible and out-of-pocket limits.

In May, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2022-24. The procedure adjusted the amounts that individuals can contribute annually to their HSAs. The adjusted amounts reflect inflation and any cost-of-living increases. The self-only HSA contribution amount was raised by $200 and the family HSA amount was raised by $450. Please consult the following table for specific amounts. These higher-than-usual increases reflect the recent sharp jump in inflation.

HDHP minimum deductibles rose $100 for self-only and $200 for family plans from 2022 levels. Maximum out-of-pocket amounts for HDHP increased by $450 for self-only and by $900 for family plans.

Catch-up Limits

If you are or will be 55 or older by the end of the year, you may add an additional $1,000 to your HSA. This catch-up contribution is available to individual account holders. Because there are no joint HSA accounts, the account holder must be over 55 by the end of the year to make the extra contribution, even for family HSA accounts. If you and your spouse are both over 55, then you must have two separate HSA accounts in order for both of you to contribute the extra $1,000.

Dependent Coverage

The IRS defines dependents eligible for HSA coverage as follows:

  • Has the same principal place of abode as the covered employee for more than one-half of the taxable year.
  • Has not provided more than one-half of his or her own support during the taxable year.
  • Is not yet 19 (or, if a student, not yet 24) at the end of the tax year, or is permanently and totally disabled.

Note that the age of student dependents is different for HSAs than it is for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (up to 26 years of age). Funds from an HSA cannot be used on dependents over the age of 24.

What This Means for Counties

Employers should evaluate their HDHPs and HSAs to ensure that they meet the new federal guidelines. For more information about these types of plans, please contact CTSI at 303 861 0507.

A PDF of this Technical Update is available here.

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