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Each pay period ARHS will fund a savings account for you that can be used to pay for qualified medical expenses not covered under your health insurance benefits. You are also encouraged to add to your HSA with regular payroll deductions. The money you save to your HSA is tax-free. See the chart be- low for the amount ARHS deposits into your HSA account annually and the amount that you are able to contribute to reach the maximum dollar amount allowable by the IRS in 2016.

NOTE: While the Affordable Care Act allows parents to add their adult children (up to age 26) to their health plans, the IRS has not changed its definition of a dependent for health savings accounts. This means that an employee whose 24-year-old child is covered on her HSA-qualified health plan is not eligible to use HSA funds to pay that child’s medical bills.

You are not eligible for an HSA if any of these criteria apply:

  1. Your spouse has a Flexible Spending Account that can be used for your medical expenses.
  2. Participation in any type of Medicare, Tricare or Tricare for life, makes you ineligible to contribute to an HSA.
  3. You are claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return.
  4. You are not enrolled in the CDHP.

Medicare, Social Security, and Your HSA

MEDICARE: Will you be turning 65 soon? If you have an HSA it is important to plan ahead and understand how enrolling in Medicare will affect your HSA. By enrolling in any type of Medicare (Parts A, B, C-Medicare Advantage, D, or Medicare Supplemental Insurance-Medigap), you can no longer contribute to your HSA. The month you enroll in Medicare, all contributions to your HSA must stop.

SOCIAL SECURITY: You must not have contributed to your HSA within the last six months if you receive Social Security benefits. If you collect social security and you have contributed to your HSA in the last six months, expect to pay a penalty.

 

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