Health Savings Account
A health savings account (HSA) is an easy, tax-advantaged way to pay for qualified medical expenses.
- Tax-deductible contributions
- Tax-free withdrawals
- Tiered interest rates
A health savings account (HSA) is an easy, tax-advantaged way to pay for qualified medical expenses.
Take advantage of these great benefits:
2015 Contribution Limits
2014 Contribution Limits
HSA Fund Options
Your BB&T HSA provides you with the opportunity to maximize your earnings potential through a sweep of your funds into your choice of different mutual funds.1
View a detailed list of available mutual funds.
For more information, please call 888-777-3783 and a Client Services Associate will be happy to assist you.
As an HSA client, you’ll enjoy these account extras to better manage your funds:
2015 HSA Direct Transfer options are as follows:
To be eligible3 for an HSA, you must be covered by a High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP). Generally, an HDHP is a health plan with these features:
Additionally, you must meet the following criteria:
If you use an in-network provider, the in-network provider can file your claim for you. This is recommended, as it will ensure that you receive your health plan's discounted PPO price, instead of having to pay full price.
Or, you could simply save your medical bills and submit them to the insurance company or plan administrator yourself, either all at once or after you have reached a certain limit in bills.
Annual contributions for 2015 are capped at $3,350 for self-only coverage or $6,650 for family coverage.
Use the 2015 HSA maximum annual contribution worksheet to quickly determine your maximum contribution.
If you are married, special rules apply for determining your annual HSA contribution limit and allocating it between you and your spouse (if he or she also has an HSA).
The annual maximum HSA contribution will change January 1 of each calendar year based on the Consumer Price Index. There are no maximum limits on the account accumulation.
If you are at least age 55 at any time during the tax year, the annual HSA contribution limit is $1,000 for 2009 and all years going forward. You may also contribute the full catch-up amount without regards to when you became eligible.
However, if you become ineligible to contribute during the year (for instance, if you become covered under an impermissible health insurance plan or if your HDHP coverage ends), you will have to make a corrective distribution by the due date of the filing of your federal income tax return for the year (including extensions) to avoid penalties and/or excise tax on the amount of your contribution that exceeds the annual contribution limit.
If you and your spouse are both eligible individuals and you each have an HSA and turn 55, then you each can make catch-up contributions. If only one spouse has an HSA, only that spouse can make a catch-up contribution.
Yes, you can contribute your entire annual contribution at the beginning of the year, up to the applicable contribution limit. However, if you become ineligible to contribute during the year (for instance, if you become covered under an impermissible health insurance plan or if your HDHP coverage ends), you will have to take a corrective distribution by the due date of the filing of your federal income tax return for the year (including extensions) to avoid penalties and/or excise tax on the amount of your contribution that exceeds the annual contribution limit.
Contributions to your HSA can be made by anyone, including you, your employer, family members or from a combination of sources. All contributions are aggregated to determine whether you have contributed the maximum allowed.
No, it is your responsibility to keep track of the amounts deposited and spent from your account, just like a normal savings or checking account.
Effective 1/1/2007, a new provision allows a one-time option to transfer qualified IRA assets to an HSA, limited to the annual HSA contribution amount. Consult your tax advisor about the tax and transfer benefits applicable to HSAs.
Initially, your HSA will be a bank deposit account that will earn tiered interest rates for balances in the cash portion of the HSA. These funds are insured by the FDIC to the maximum extent provided by law.
After your account reaches a cash balance of $500 in excess of $3,000 (the HSA investment threshold amount), you will have the opportunity to invest in a set menu of mutual funds by setting up an HSA Mutual Fund Investment Sweep subaccount to your HSA. At a later date, we may allow other fund options, and will provide you with at least 30 days notice prior to making any changes. Mutual fund investments require a minimum investment of $500.
Any mutual funds that you purchase in your Sweep Investment subaccount are not FDIC-insured, are not a deposit or other obligation of BB&T are not guaranteed by BB&T or any of its affiliates, and are subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of the principal amount invested and any investment gains.
Once your HSA deposit balance reaches $3,500 for the first time you will see an icon on your BB&T Online® HSA Account Summary screen that will provide you with a link to a page where you may set up your Mutual Fund Investment Sweep subaccount and make selections from the menu of available mutual funds.
strong>Any mutual funds that you purchase in your Sweep Investment subaccount are not FDIC-insured, are not a deposit or other obligation of BB&T, are not guaranteed by BB&T or any of its affiliates and are subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of the principal amount invested and any other investment gains.
You will be able to check your account information by logging on to BB&T Online and clicking on the icon next to your HSA Deposit Account on the summary screen. BB&T Online will show your cash balance in your deposit subaccount, the net asset value of your mutual fund investments in your Investment Sweep subaccount and your available balance. Your available balance is the amount of funds held in cash in your HSA, plus 70% of the net asset value of mutual funds held in your HSA Investment Sweep subaccount, adjusted for pending transactions.
The automatic sweep requires a minimum investment of $500. Thus, it will occur whenever your cash balance exceeds the HSA investment threshold amount by $500 or more. You may only disable this automatic sweep by closing your Investment Sweep subaccount.
Your BB&T Online HSA Account Summary screen will feature a link to your HSA Investment Sweep subaccount, where you may make changes to your investment options. From this page, you may redeem shares in mutual funds and re-invest the proceeds in other mutual funds from the menu of funds available, or change the percentages of swept funds that are allocated to your mutual fund investments. You also may direct BB&T to liquidate your entire investments in the HSA Investment Sweep subaccount, close that Investment Sweep subaccount and transfer the funds automatically to your HSA bank deposit. You can later re-establish the HSA Investment Sweep subaccount at no additional charge. You cannot, however, direct BB&T to liquidate one mutual fund selection and not others. Changes in the allocation of your mutual fund investments, or any liquidation of the entire investment in your HSA Investment Sweep subaccount can be directed without the imposition of any charges or fees.
Under certain conditions, BB&T may automatically liquidate mutual fund shares in your HSA Sweep Investment subaccount. If the available balance in your HSA drops below $1,000, BB&T will automatically liquidate mutual fund shares in the HSA Sweep Investment subaccount and transfer the proceeds to restore the HSA deposit to at least $1,000. Also, if you incur an expense using your Benefit Access card that, at the time the transaction is processed, is in excess of the cash balance in your HSA, but not in excess of your available balance, we will liquidate mutual fund shares in the HSA Sweep Investment subaccount to cover the shortfall. A $500 minimum transfer amount is required. If your Investment subaccount holds shares in more than one mutual fund, we will liquidate shares from each such mutual fund on a pro rata basis according to its relative value in your Investment subaccount portfolio. Your available balance is the amount of funds held in cash in your HSA, plus 70% of the net asset value of mutual funds held in your HSA Investment Sweep subaccount, adjusted for pending transactions.
Paying for your qualified medical expenses as they occur and reimbursing yourself in later years allows the HSA to grow tax-deferred. You must retain records of qualified medical expenses not reimbursed so they can be reimbursed in subsequent years.
Maximum contributions are also limited by your HDHP deductible and the month in which your HDHP and HSA are established (and you meet the other HSA eligibility requirements), so it is important to set up your HSA as soon as you have applied for an HDHP.
Funds used to pay for the following qualified medical expenses are tax-free and penalty-free if they are not reimbursed by insurance or otherwise:
Funds may be used for qualified medical expenses for your spouse or dependents, even if they are not covered by the HDHP.
IRS Publication 502 - Medical and Dental Expenses generally describes expenses that are deemed to be for medical care within the meaning of Code Section 213(d). Amounts paid for medical care under Code Section 213(d) include expenses for:
This list is only an example of some expenses that would qualify for the medical and dental expenses deduction under Code Section 213(d). You should consult your tax advisor for more complete information.Nonqualified Medical Expenses
Expenses for health insurance premiums, other than those specifically listed above, are not qualified medical expenses. Examples of other expenses that are not qualified medical expenses are listed in IRS Publication 502. You should consult your tax advisor for more complete information.Long-Term Care Insurance
It has been estimated that 45% of those turning 65 today will enter a nursing home at some point during their life. Nearly 10% will spend five years or more living in a nursing home. Since Medicare does not pay for nursing home expenses, long-term care insurance could be a smart investment.
Long-term care premiums can be paid for from your HSA. The actual cost of your long-term care insurance can be much lower when paying for it with pre-tax dollars. Especially if those pre-tax dollars have had time to grow tax-free also.
In January of each year, you should receive Form 1099-SA, which will indicate the total distributions you took from your HSA during the previous year. Distributions are not taxed if you spent the money on qualified medical expenses.
In January of each year, you will receive an HSA Statement of Account, which serves as a substitute 5498-SA form. This statement will include your Fair Market Value. The Fair Market Value will include the balance in your HSA tiered rate account and your mutual fund investment balance as of year end. If you make additional contributions prior to April 15, we will send you an additional statement showing your HSA contributions.
No. It is your responsibility to keep track of your own qualified medical expenses.
No. There is no time limit for when you can reimburse yourself for your qualified medical expenses. You should keep legible receipts of your qualified medical expenses, and records of when you do reimburse yourself.
Yes, you may withdraw funds to pay for the qualified medical expenses of yourself, your spouse or a dependent without tax penalty. See For what purpose can HSA funds be used?
If your surviving spouse is your named beneficiary, your HSA will be treated as your surviving spouse's HSA. If you have no surviving spouse or your spouse is not the beneficiary, then the account will cease to be an HSA and will be included in the federal gross income of your estate or the income of your nonspouse beneficiary in the year in which you die.
If you become permanently disabled, you may withdraw your funds at any time, without the 10% excise tax. Withdrawals will be subject to federal income tax at that time if they are not used to pay qualified medical expenses. See For what purpose can HSA funds be used?
Funds deposited into your HSA remain in your account and automatically roll over from one year to the next. You may continue to use the HSA funds for qualified medical expenses. You are no longer eligible to contribute to an HSA for months that you are not an eligible individual because you are not covered by an HDHP. If you have coverage by an HDHP for less than a year, the annual maximum contribution is reduced; if you made a contribution to your HSA for the year based on a full year's coverage by the HDHP, you will need to withdraw some of the contribution to avoid the tax on excess HSA contributions. If you regain HDHP coverage at a later date, you can begin making contributions to your HSA again.
The rules governing federal income tax consequences of HSAs are very technical, so that the above description of tax consequences is general in nature and does not purport to be complete. Moreover, the law is subject to change, as is its interpretation, and application of the law may vary in individual circumstances. The consequences under applicable state or local tax law also may not be the same as under the federal income tax law. Thus, you are urged to consult with your personal tax advisor for information about the tax consequences of an HSA that would relate to your particular circumstances.