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A Health Savings Account (HSA) is an account established exclusively for paying qualified medical expenses. The funds you put into it aren’t taxed; the interest you accrue isn’t either. You can save more for medical expenses, then pay for them using a special HSA Debit Card.
Follow these links to read the most frequently asked questions about HSAs:
Anyone enrolled in a qualified high deductible health plan (HDHP) can open an HSA. (Please note, if you are enrolled in Medicare, you cannot open an HSA. If you have an HSA and later enroll in Medicare, you can use the funds, but can no longer make contributions.) An HDHP is generally defined as any health insurance plan that has a minimum deductible of $1,300 and maximum annual out-of-pocket amount of $6,550 for individual coverage or a minimum deductible of $2,600 and maximum annual out-of-pocket amount of $13,100 for family coverage. The best way to determine if your health plan qualifies is to ask your insurance provider.
After opening an account, you and your employer can both make contributions to the HSA. Contributions can also be made on behalf of an individual, such as a family member, as long as the individual meets the HSA qualifications. When a qualified medical payment is due, you can pay for it with the accumulated funds in your HSA account. Use your HSA Visa® Debit Card or write a check from your account. You can choose to not use your HSA account for qualified medical expenses and watch the balance grow for future needs.
Here’s a quick account overview:
Open your HSA with a minimum opening balance of just $10
Earn interest on all account balances
We provide checks and an Umpqua Bank Debit Card for easy access to your funds
No annual fee, just a one-time $20 set-up fee
No monthly fee when you maintain the account minimum daily balance of $2,500
Stop by any Umpqua neighborhood store to open your HSA. Or give us a call at (866) 486-7782. We'll open your account, order your first checks, order your VISA® Debit Card and mail you your new account number, a signature card and HSA application for you to sign and return to us with a statement of your beneficiaries. At the end of each month, we'll send you an account statement. If your employer is making contributions on your behalf, be sure to give your account number to the payroll department.
For 2017, the amount is $3,400 for individuals and $6,750 for family coverage. If you are over 55 and eligible for a HDHP, you can contribute an additional $1,000 each tax year. Every year, these amounts change as the IRS adjusts the limits for inflation.
We offer unrestricted access to your account. That means you can use your HSA Visa® Debit Card, withdraw funds in person at an Umpqua store or write checks from your account. Because your HSA Visa® Debit Card cannot be used at ATMs, there is no PIN to remember.
You can make signature-based transactions on your HSA Visa® Debit Card, wherever Visa® Debit Cards are accepted. However, to avoid tax penalties and bank fees, you should use the funds in your HSA account for qualified medical expenses only. Your HSA Debit Card cannot be used at an ATM. To use your card at a point of sale terminal, press CREDIT to let the merchant know you’ll be signing for the transaction instead of using a PIN.
No. You can open your account with any financial institution that is an HSA provider. An employer making contributions to your HSA cannot deny contributions if you choose a financial institution other than the one recommended by your employer or their insurance provider.
Yes. If you do have more than one, the maximum fund limit is based on your specific situation, not how many HSAs you have.
If you’re eligible for Medicare and enrolled in Medicare, you are no longer eligible to contribute to your HSA or to open a new HSA account. However, you can continue to use funds. You can even use HSA funds for non-medical expenses without the 20% additional tax if you are eligible for Medicare.
An HSA is a smart way to support your employees by offering a lower-cost healthcare insurance option. Read on for more information.
Contributions to their HSA can be made on an after-tax basis and taken as an above-the-line deduction on their tax return, or employees can make pre-tax contributions through a Section 125 plan (commonly known as cafeteria plan).
Employer contributions are excluded from any employee's income. Employers must make comparable contributions to all employees' HSAs unless made through a Section 125 plan.
Yes. In general, self-employed, partners and S-Corporation shareholders are not considered employees and cannot receive pre-tax employer contributions. Self-employed can only take an above-the-line deduction for their premium and HSA contributions. S-Corporation and LLCs cannot make pre-tax contributions to owners, shareholders or partners.
Make it easy to understand. Emphasizing employer contributions and/or employee savings instead of higher deductibles helps. Show HSAs are affordable by providing examples of how much can be saved for future use. Your insurance provider should have these examples or check reliable sources on the internet.
First, we’ll develop a plan with you to answer your employees’ questions. We'll also provide account information and applications. If you’re making contributions to your employees' HSAs, we'll get consent to provide you a list of their HSA numbers and talk with you about options for electronic banking to make those contributions. Finally, we'll open all the employee HSAs and send them checks and a VISA® HSA Debit Card.