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  1. 1. © 2013 VSA, LP Valid only if used prior to January 1, 2014. Theinformation, general principles and conclusions presented in this reportare subject to local, state and federal laws and regulations, court casesand any revisions of same. While every care has been taken in thepreparation of this report, neither VSA, L.P. nor The National Underwriteris engaged in providing legal, accounting, financial or other professionalservices. This report should not be used as a substitute for theprofessional advice of an attorney, accountant, or other qualifiedprofessional.Health SavingsAccountsInnovativeHealth Care Financing1a2-10
  2. 2. 2Health Savings Accounts: Innovative Health Care FinancingThe Problems!Due to the high cost of traditional health insurance coverage, it is difficult (ifnot impossible) for many people to purchase adequate health insuranceprotection at an affordable cost. Without this protection, however, thefinancial impact of a serious injury or illness can be devastating!While managed care has produced cost savings, people enrolled in managedcare plans generally find their choice of doctors restricted. There is alsoincreasing concern about the interference of bureaucracies in the doctor-patient relationship.Individuals who need little or no health care receive no financial reward undertraditional or managed care plans, nor is there any financial incentive underthese plans for individuals to exercise control over their health careexpenditures.In attempting to purchase health care benefits, individuals face severalproblems:CostChoiceControl
  3. 3. 3Health Savings Accounts: Innovative Health Care FinancingA Potential Health Savings Account SolutionHigh-deductible health insurance is more affordable, while still protectingindividuals and their families against the costs of serious illness or injury.Personal savings accumulated in an HSA can be used to pay smaller expensescovering routine services until the health plans deductible is met. NOTE: Ifthere are not sufficient funds in the HSA to cover the entire deductible, youmust pay the difference out of pocket.Tax-free HSA funds can be used to see any doctor, enter any hospital or pay anyqualified medical expense, even those not covered under the high-deductiblehealth plan. These decisions belong to you, not to a medical bureaucracy.An HSA puts you in charge of how your health care dollars are spent. If little orno health care is needed, the money in the HSA accumulates tax-free untilfunds are needed…even after retirement. In fact, subject to income tax and, ifunder age 65 a penalty tax, HSA funds can be withdrawn for any reason. With aHealth Savings Account, you control when and how your health care dollars arespent.By combining tax-advantaged personal savings with a high-deductible health insurance plan, theHealth Savings Account (HSA) puts you in control of your own health care dollars, while protectingyou and your family against the cost of a serious illness or injury:CostChoiceControl
  4. 4. What Is a Health Savings Account?4Health Savings Accounts: Innovative Health Care FinancingAn HSA is available to eligible individuals only in conjunction with a high-deductible health planprovided by an employer or purchased by an individual.continued on next slideA Health Savings Account (HSA) is a tax-advantaged personal savingsaccount designed to provide funds to pay qualified medicalexpenses, including health insurance deductibles and co-payments.The tax benefits of an HSA are significant.Your contributions to a Health SavingsAccount are tax deductible on an "abovethe line" basis, resulting in a dollar-for-dollar reduction in adjusted gross income.Annual HSA Contribution $3,000Marginal Federal Income Tax Rate 25%Tax Savings per Year $750Net Cost to You $2,250What might this mean to you? For example:
  5. 5. What Is a Health Savings Account?5Health Savings Accounts: Innovative Health Care FinancingIf your employer contributes to your HSA, those contributions are not taxable income to youand are not subject to withholding.Funds in an HSA can be invested, with earnings not subject to income tax so long as theyremain in the HSA.Distributions from an HSA may be made at any time. If used to pay for qualified medicalexpenses, the distributions are not subject to federal income tax. If used for non-medicalexpenses, HSA distributions are considered taxable income to you and are subject to a 20%penalty tax if you are under age 65 when the distribution is taken.
  6. 6. How Does a Health Savings Account Work?6Health Savings Accounts: Innovative Health Care FinancingHealth Savings Account High-Deductible Health Insurance PlanYou purchase a qualifying high-deductiblehealth plan.Once the health insurance deductible issatisfied, insurance benefits become availableto pay for covered expenses.You establish a Health Savings Account, intowhich you make tax-free contributions up tospecified maximums each year.If an illness or injury strikes, funds can bewithdrawn tax free from the HSA to pay forqualified medical expenses.Funds not withdrawn to pay for qualifiedmedical expenses remain in the HSA and growfrom year to year in an investment accountwhose earnings grow free of tax.HSA funds may be withdrawn for purposes other than paying qualified medical expenses, but aresubject to income tax plus a 20% penalty tax. Beginning at age 65, HSA funds may be withdrawn forany reason, subject to regular income tax without penalty, or can continue to be used to pay qualifiedmedical expenses without tax.
  7. 7. Advantages of a Health Savings Account7Health Savings Accounts: Innovative Health Care FinancingThe high-deductible health plan provides protection against the financial impact of a seriousillness or injury.Tax-deductible savings are set aside today in a Health Savings Account to pay for futurehealth care expenses, including the high-deductible health plans deductible and out-of-pocket expenses.You own your Health Savings Account and you decide how to invest your HSA contributions.You control when and how HSA funds are spent.As needed, tax-free HSA distributions can be used to pay for qualified medical expenses notcovered by the high-deductible health plan.+By combining a high-deductible health plan with tax-advantaged personalsavings, a Health Savings Account offers you these advantages:continued on next slide
  8. 8. Advantages of a Health Savings Account8Health Savings Accounts: Innovative Health Care FinancingIf you need little or no health care, the unspent funds remain in your HSA and accumulatetax free.You can spend the funds in your HSA as you choose. In fact, if not needed to pay futuremedical expenses, HSA funds can be withdrawn and used for any purpose (subject toincome tax and a 20% penalty tax if under age 65).Funds may be rolled over (transferred) tax free from one HSA to another HSA.You may be able to roll over funds from an IRA into an HSA, making additional fundsavailable on a tax-advantaged basis to pay the plans deductible or qualified medicalexpenses not covered by the high-deductible health plan.
  9. 9. Questions and Answers… HSA Eligibility9Health Savings Accounts: Innovative Health Care FinancingA Health Savings Account can be established by an "eligible individual"… someone who:Who is eligible to establish an HSA??is not also covered by any other health plan that is not a high-deductible health plan;is not entitled to benefits under Medicare (generally under age 65); andmay not be claimed as a dependent on another persons tax return.continued on next slide
  10. 10. Questions and Answers… HSA Eligibility10Health Savings Accounts: Innovative Health Care FinancingA high-deductible health plan, or HDHP, is a health plan that satisfies certainrequirements with respect to deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses, which areadjusted annually for inflation:What is a high-deductible health plan (HDHP)??Type of Coverage Minimum Annual DeductibleMaximum Annual Out-of-PocketExpenses2012 2013 2012 2013Individual $1,200 $1,250 $6,050 $6,250Family $2,400 $2,500 $12,100 $12,500continued on next slideExcept for preventative care, the high-deductible health plan may not provide benefits for anyyear until the deductible for that year is met.
  11. 11. Questions and Answers… HSA Eligibility11Health Savings Accounts: Innovative Health Care FinancingYou can maintain certain types of "permitted insurance" in addition to the high-deductible health plan and still remain eligible for an HSA.Types of "permitted insurance" include workers compensation, auto insurance, insurancefor a specified disease or illness that pays a fixed amount per day (or other period) ofhospitalization, accident and disability insurance, dental and vision care and long-termcare insurance.What other health coverage can I have and still qualify for an HSA??
  12. 12. Questions and Answers… HSA Contributions12Health Savings Accounts: Innovative Health Care FinancingContributions must be made in cash to an HSA that you establish with a qualified HSAtrustee or custodian, such as an insurance company or bank, and cannot exceed amaximum annual limit, which is indexed annually for inflation:How much can I contribute to an HSA??Type ofCoverageMinimum Annual HSAContributions2012 2013Individual $3,100 $3,250Family $6,250 $6,450continued on next slideUp to the maximum annual HSA contributioncan be made for the current tax year so long asan individual becomes eligible for an HSA byDecember 1. If, however, coverage beginsduring the year, the high-deductible health planmust be maintained until the end of thefollowing tax year (generally December 31) ortax must be paid on the HSA contributionattributable to the months during which theemployee was not eligible for an HSA. Thisamount is also subject to an additional 10% tax.In addition, individuals between ages 55and 65 can make an additional "catch-up"contribution of up to $1,000 each year.
  13. 13. Questions and Answers… HSA Contributions13Health Savings Accounts: Innovative Health Care FinancingContributions to an HSA can be made by an eligible individual, directly or through acafeteria plan, by a family member on behalf of an eligible individual or by the eligibleindividuals employer. In addition, you may be able to roll over (transfer) unused fundsfrom a flexible spending account (FSA) or health reimbursement account (HRA) or froman IRA to an HSA on a tax-free basis. Regardless of who makes the contributions, youown the HSA.Who can make contributions to an HSA??continued on next slideYou deduct your HSA contributions on an "above the line" basis, resulting in a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your adjusted gross income. Any contributions made by an employerto an HSA are not included in your gross income for tax purposes and are not subject towithholding.How am I taxed on HSA contributions??
  14. 14. Questions and Answers… HSA Contributions14Health Savings Accounts: Innovative Health Care FinancingContributions may be made at any time of the year in one or more payments, but mustbe made no later than April 15 of the year following the year for which the deduction istaken.When must HSA contributions be made??While there is no requirement that you contribute the maximum to your HSA eachyear, doing so will enable you to take full advantage of the powerful tax benefits providedby an HSA.Must I contribute the maximum to an HSA??
  15. 15. Questions and Answers… Additional HSA Funding Sources15Health Savings Accounts: Innovative Health Care FinancingIf you have immediate health care needs, there may be insufficient funds in anHSA, especially in its initial phase, to pay for the health insurance policy deductibleand/or any qualified medical expenses not covered by the health insurance policy.To help compensate for this potential problem, funds may be rolled over from an IRA intoan HSA on a tax-free basis.What sources other than annual contributions are available to fund an HSA??A one-time tax-free transfer of funds from an IRA to an HSA may be made. The amountrolled over cannot exceed the annual HSA statutory maximum contribution for the year($3,100 for individual coverage or $6,250 for family coverage in 2012 and $3,250 forindividual coverage or $6,450 for family coverage in 2013). The transfer of funds from anIRA to an HSA can be done only once during your lifetime and, once rolled over to theHSA, the funds cannot be transferred back to the IRA.What are the requirements to fund an HSA with funds from an IRA??
  16. 16. Questions and Answers… HSA Distributions16Health Savings Accounts: Innovative Health Care FinancingHSA funds can be withdrawn tax free at any time to pay for the qualifying medicalexpenses of yourself, your spouse and dependents. These expenses include:When can funds from an HSA be withdrawn tax free??Prescribed medicines and drugs*Doctors visits, lab, x-ray and other diagnostic andtreatment servicesDental, vision and psychiatric care servicesQualifying long-term care services and long-termcare insurance premiumsMedicare Part A and B premiums, Medicare HMOor Medicare Advantage premiums (but notMedicare supplemental policy premiums)COBRA health continuation coverage premiums andhealth insurance premiums for those onunemployment compensationcontinued on next slide* Only prescribed medicines or drugs (includingover-the-counter medicines and drugs that areprescribed) and insulin (even if purchasedwithout a prescription) are consideredqualifying medical expenses that can be paid forby tax-free HSA withdrawals.It is your responsibility to ensure thatexpenses paid from the HSA arequalifying medical expenses and tokeep adequate records concerningthe use of HSA funds.
  17. 17. Questions and Answers… HSA Distributions17Health Savings Accounts: Innovative Health Care FinancingYes, but such withdrawals are subject to income tax plus a penalty tax of 20% of theamount withdrawn. The penalty tax applies to HSA withdrawals used to purchase over-the-counter medicines and drugs without a prescription. Any such withdrawals madeafter you reach age 65, die or become disabled are not subject to the 20% penalty tax.Can HSA funds be withdrawn to pay for non-medical expenses??In this event, no additional contributions can be made to your HSA. The funds in theHSA, however, can still be used as described above. If used solely to pay for qualifyingmedical expenses, the distributions will be free of income tax.What happens if I become ineligible for an HSA??continued on next slide
  18. 18. Questions and Answers… HSA Distributions18Health Savings Accounts: Innovative Health Care FinancingIf the beneficiary listed on the HSA is your surviving spouse, she/he becomes the newaccount owner and can use the HSA subject to the normal rules that apply to all HSAs. Ifthe beneficiary is other than your surviving spouse, the funds in the HSA are taxableincome to your beneficiary in the year of death, except for any of your qualifying medicalexpenses paid from the HSA within one year of death.What happens if I die??
  19. 19. Health Savings Account Action Checklist19Health Savings Accounts: Innovative Health Care FinancingBecome covered under a qualifying high-deductible health plan.Establish a Health Savings Account with a qualified HSA trustee or custodian.Arrange for payment of HSA contributions, subject to the maximum annual contributionamount ($3,100 for individual coverage or $6,250 for family coverage in 2012 and $3,250 forindividual coverage or $6,450 for family coverage in 2013).An HSA provides a checkbook or, more typically, a debit card to use when paying for qualifiedmedical expenses. An HSA debit card can only be used for qualified healthcare expenses atspecific healthcare-related merchants that accept debit cards.