High deductible health plans and medical expenses require forethought to avoid a big hit to the budget should medical needs arise. Plan ahead and start saving now with a health savings account at F&M Bank.
With an HSA you get protection against high or unexpected medical bills, the flexibility to be able to save for current or future medical needs and complete control over the account. An HSA is also portable. If you change employers or insurance carriers, you take your HSA with you. The funds will remain in the account from year to year, just like an IRA, with no “use it or lose it” rules. Contributions to this account are also 100% tax deductible, including tax-free earnings through investment and tax-free withdrawals for qualified medical expenses.
To be eligible for an HSA, you must be covered under a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). Ask an F&M expert for the current minimum deductibles. You can’t also be covered by any other health plan that is not an HDHP, you can’t be enrolled in Medicare and you cannot be claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return.
The maximum annual contribution amount is generally the less of 100% of the annual deductible under the HDHP or a specified amount. Limits are subject to change – ask a F&M expert for the current amount allowed when you apply. Annual out-of-pocket health expense limits are also subject to change – ask an associate for the current limits on single and family coverage.
You can use the money in your HSA to pay for any qualified medical expense permitted under federal tax law. In general, this includes most medical, dental, and vision expenses, but not your insurance premium, unless you are unemployed and collecting federal unemployment benefits. For a list of eligible expenses provided by the Internal Revenue Service, please go to www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p502.pdf.
You can use the money in the account to pay for medical expenses for yourself, your spouse, or your dependent children. You can pay for expenses for your spouse and dependent children even if they are not covered by your HDHP.