Questions tagged [hsa]

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Switch from HSA/Limited FSA to FSA only

In 2016 I had a High Deductible Health Plan/HSA and a Limited FSA through my employer. For 2017 during our open enrollment I decided to not use a HDHP, and chose a PPO Plan. In addition, I selected a ...
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Can I defer starting Medicare if 65 and on COBRA after a lay-off? (HSA, COBRA, and Medicare)

I turned 65 in February, am still working full-time, and have medical insurance through my company that qualifies me to defer signing up for Medicare. I've been contributing the maximum to my HSA ...
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Minimizing medical costs with HSA

After landing a new job, I opened a health savings account (HSA) in February 2019. I decided to contribute $1 of my pay per pay period to my HSA. However, I can change my contribution amount at any ...
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What is the relationship between a HDHP and an HSA?

I'm confused about how a HDHP and a HSA relate. I understand that there are tax advantages and the money in an HSA is yours to keep. Like any other health plan, an HSA-compatible plan, the ...
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Can a self-employed person have a Health Savings Account?

Who can establish a Health Savings Account? I am self-employed with an IRA and SEP accounts. My health insurance is provided through my Husband's employer. My husband has a HSA through his employer....
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HDHP Part of Year, HSA Max Contribution

What HSA contribution limits exist if a person for a portion of the year had an HDHP plan and for another portion of the year had a co-pay plan? Examples: Jane worked for Company A for four months ...
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Using a healthcare Flexible Spending Account at the same time as a Health Savings Account?

Here is my situation: I have the high deductible insurance plan. The coverage includes my wife, dependent daughter and mysef. I contribute to an HSA. My wife has her own insurance through her ...
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What happens to HSA money when you die?

Say I had $10,000 USD in a Health Savings Account. What would happen to that money when I died? Would my heirs get it? Would it go into an HSA account for them, or could they just get the raw cash ...
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Can a monetary settlement be placed into an account that provides gradual access to the funds?

I want to place a lump sum into an account that will give the account holder gradual access to it so they won't immediately spend the lump sum on frivolous large purchases (or at least not until later)...
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Returning an HSA distribution when there was no “mistake in fact”

I used a medical provider who does not deal with insurance. I had already spent my out-of-pocket maximum, so if this provider had dealt with insurance, they would have been paid entirely by insurance ...
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HSA and Medicare: what if I get laid off?

I'm approaching 65; will continue working for a large company; will not be taking Social Security; have a high deductible insurance plan through my company which I will continue using (so will not ...
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HSA qualification and contributing with multiple HDHPs?

So I've read the IRS publications and I'm still kind of confused. I have single coverage on my employer's health plan with a qualified HDHP and along with an HSA. This is pretty clear cut. I am ...
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Can my spouse and I both have HSA's at the same time if I am covered on his health insurance plan?

My husband has a HDHP through his employer which I am covered on, along with our 3 children. He has an HSA plan that he contributes to through his employer in the amount of $200 every two weeks or ...
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How do I declare an HSA contribution that exceeds IRS limits in order to pay the 6% tax on the excess?

I have an HSA plan that was funded by myself and my employer. Due to a math error on my part, I mis-calculated how many pay periods there were in the year, which caused the HSA contributions from my ...
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What are the rules regarding HSA spending on Medical/Dental tourism?

My wife is in need of a very expensive dental procedure and we are considering the option of Dental Tourism. Specifically, going to Costa Rica to a clinic where we can have the procedure done, ...
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Can I pay myself back later in the year if my HSA doesn't have adequate funds earlier in the year to pay for an expense?

We are being offered an HSA/High Deductible plan and my only concern would be if I had to incur a significant expense at the beginning of the year - no plans to but you never know, right? If I don't ...
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Can a reimbursable medical expense be paid from an HSA?

Can a qualified medical expense for which the HSA account holder knows will be reimbursed by his insurance be paid from his HSA? If so, is the subsequent insurance reimbursement considered a ...
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Do employer contributions to an HSA count towards contribution limits?

They 2019 HSA contribution limit for a single person is $3,500. If my employer contributes $500, does that mean I can only contribute $3,000, or can I still contribute the full $3,500?
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What are my HSA contribution limits if one, but not all members of the family are covered by an HSA-eligible plan?

My understanding is that when a person enrolls in an HSA-compatible health plan, he may contribute $3300 to an HSA. For example, if Adam is enrolled in an HSA-compatible plan, he may contribute $3300 ...
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If I transfer my HSA to a new custodian, can I request a reimbursement for expenses incurred while my HSA was with my old custodian?

While there is no time limit for requesting reimbursements from an HSA, they must be incurred after the HSA was established (https://www.irs.gov/irb/2004-33_IRB) . I normally pay for my medical ...
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How long do you need to have High Deductible insurance before contributing to an HSA?

I am just about to leave my high deductible plan for a plan that is not HSA-eligible. As I understand it, I could max out my HSA for the year right now, and then I could use the money in my HSA for ...
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Can I pay for my wife's hospital bill from my HSA?

My wife is on a different insurance plan than me. Different provider and all. I have a HSA that my employer and I contribute to every paycheck. Can I pay for my wife's hospital bill with my HSA ...
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How do I withdraw all money from my HSA account as a non-resident?

I have lived in US for 5 years, and I (still) have an HSA account with BoA. Now I am living in Europe, and there's a fat chance I'll ever go back to live in US, so I would like to withdraw the money ...
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Do I have to wash money through HSA account?

I paid for my eligible health expenses from my regular account at the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 because I did not have enough money on my HSA account. Now that I realize that I can contribute ...
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HSA eligibility when with employer plans

My employer offers two health plans: PPO with optional FSA HDHP (high deductible health plan) with an HSA option. The plans have identical coverage, the difference is in the premiums, deductibles, ...
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pros and cons of HSA in Investment account

I have my HSA that is currently in savings or checking account. The Insurance company provides option to keep the money in Investment account. What are the pros and cons of parking HSA fund in ...
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How do I properly deduct HSA contributions?

I have an HSA for which I made prior year contributions last calendar year (contributions for 2016 made in 2017 before the filing deadline), current year contributions (contributions for 2017 made in ...
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Are HSA administrative fees considered distributions?

Upon leaving my previous employer my HSA custodian started dinging me with a monthly "administrative billing fee". I've taken no non-qualified distributions from the HSA but received a 1099-SA with a ...
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Does it make sense to max out contributions earlier in the year?

Let's say a person is making regular monthly contributions to his/her Roth IRA, HSA, and 401K with employer match, up to annual limits. All contributions are put into index funds. Assuming this person ...
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I spend more on healthcare than my HSA can cover right now. How to handle reimbursements?

My partner just changed jobs to an employer that only offers a high deductible health plan. This is not an ideal situation for our finances as we both have chronic health conditions, his being high ...
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HSA/FSA, changing health plans mid year, concurrent coverage

My family is on the HDHP offered by my employer which has both an HSA and an LPFSA. The plan is on a calendar year (Jan 1 - Dec 31). We want to move to the plan offered by my wife's employer which not ...
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Should I contribute the maximum annually to my HSA or only enough to cover the out-of-pocket maximum?

I am young, healthy, and rarely use my HSA for any kind of relevant expenses. I might use it once a year for a prescription or something, but I'm certainly not maximizing the use of my funds (I don't ...
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Can I use my HSA debit card to pay for vaccinations?

I am about to go on safaris in South Africa and Zambia and need to be vaccinated against a few diseases. The IRS publication 502 doesn't mention vaccinations explicitly, but does state that ...
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California state taxes on Health Savings Accounts

I recently started an HSA. For federal income taxes this is a great deal because I get to contribute pre-tax and take tax-free distributions for medical expenses, or after age 65 I can take ...
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Limit on monthly HSA withdrawals? [USA]

I got a nastygram from my bank because we made >6 withdrawals from our HSA last month. According to them, the limit of 6 withdrawals is a federal regulation. I'm familiar with this for normal savings ...
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Are there tax-advantaged accounts (e.g. HSA, FSA) for retired Social Security recipients?

Medicare doesn't cover 100% of my medical and dental expenses. Is there a tax advantaged plan I can start to contribute to in order to pay them? I have no employer to 'offer' one.
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Should my state wages be different than my federal wages due to HSA?

In 2015, I earned all of my income in Alabama, and I contributed $3,350 to an HSA. I filed my taxes through a free online tax filing service. Later on, I made an effort to learn about income tax law ...
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Can I enroll in an FSA if my employer doesn't offer it?

I'm really REALLY interested in opening an FSA. I've asked my employer and they say they don't offer it. We have insurance through them with BCBSGA. It isn't a HSA qualified plan. So is there a way to ...
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What happens if I have an HSA while here on an H1B work visa and I permanently leave the United States?

I am currently in the US on work visa (H1B) and have been contributing to a HSA account. If I leave the country at a future point of time, what happens to this account and would it be possible for me ...
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Is there any state tax (California) advantage to putting money into a limited purpose FSA versus putting it all into an HSA?

For example, I will not be contributing enough to max out my HSA contributions, so would there be any benefit to putting extra money for my child's braces into the LPFSA, or should I just put it all ...
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HSA Eligible Expense: Prepayment [duplicate]

I started a HDHP medical plan and HSA account on 1/1/2019. We then had our first child on 1/8/2019. The OB/GYN office took a prepayment for the delivery services before 1/1/2019. So the question is: ...
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Is this HSA too good to be true?

I am grandfathered into this PPO plan which we have one more year before they get rid of it. I think the HSA plan is better now for me but wanted to check. Is this HSA plan better for me? If I ...
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HSA distributions and tracking receipts

During a presentation regarding HSAs I was informed the IRS can audit one for an indefinite period of time. The presenter suggested we keep records of our claims for 10+ years in paper form. This ...
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Moving from individual HDHP to family HDHP, can my wife only contribute to an HSA?

I have had an HSA account that I used to contribute to for my HDHP plan through my employer. This year I am on my wife's HDHP plan through her employer. Does this mean I can no longer contribute ...
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Can I use an HSA as investment vehicle by overcontributing temporarily?

The tax-free contributions to an HSA are limited, but any interest/gain made by investments in it is not taxable. Is it legal to use the HSA as an investment vehicle to get effectively tax-free ...
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Why would I enroll in a Limited Purpose FSA, on top of an HSA?

Open enrollment is coming up and I have the option to open both an HSA and a limited purpose FSA, which only covers dental and vision expenses. Why would I participate in both?
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Is it possible to use HSA funds to cover a medical expense billed to a different insurance plan, which is not a HDHP?

Long time lurker, but I have a question that I'd like some help with. Earlier this year my contract/government job switched companies so I had to sign up for new benefits. Company 1's benefits were ...
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Options for HSA with no high deductible plan

I had an employer that offered a high deductible plan with an HSA. I have since moved employers and my new employer does not offer a high deductible plan. At first, I thought I would just keep my ...
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Can I transfer HSA into my spouse's account?

The title says it all, my wife just quit her job and we're moving back into my insurance. Her HSA custodian charges $5/mo in service fees, which we don't want to deal with. Can we roll her HSA into ...
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Can my employer change my HSA account to a HRA account?

I have a HSA through which my employer gives me $1000 a year. When I turned 65, I decided to bypass Medicare so I could keep my HSA, employer contribution, and my monthly contribution. Now at 67 I am ...