January 5, 2008

Health Savings Accounts - New Limits for 2008

An Insurance Policy and a Special Savings Account.

A Health Savings Account is really a combination of a health insurance policy meeting minimum US Treasury policy design requirements called a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) and a separate custodial savings account for future medical expenses called a Health Savings Account (HSA). Congress created the HSA as a way to cover your future medical expenses, and it is subject to IRS regulations and guidelines. A health insurance company or an insurance plan usually provides the qualified health insurance policy. A licensed HSA administrator and financial services company, such as a bank, usually acts as the custodian and administers the savings account portion of the HSA.

You can save up to the maximum contribution limit of $2,900 for an individual HSA and $5,800 for a family HSA regardless of the HDHP deductible for 2008. These limits are also subject to annual cost-of-living adjustments. Amounts are no longer pro-rated if you start the plan mid-year. You can now make the full year's contribution even if you start as late as December. Individuals age 55 to age 65 can contribute an additional $900 over the above limits in 2008.

Consult your tax advisor for additional information concerning plan deductibility. To learn more about Health Savings Accounts, click here.