A Health Savings Account (HSA) is an interest checking account designed for individuals who participate in a high deductible health care plan and want to save, pre-tax, for future medical and retiree health expenses. You can use your HSA to pay for current qualified medical expenses that are not covered by insurance.
A high deductible health plan (HDHP) is a plan with a deductible of at least $1,400 for individual coverage and $2,800 for family coverage for 2020 and may change annually.
Qualified medical expenses are health-care expenses, as defined by Internal Revenue Code 213(d), that are paid by you, your spouse, or your dependents for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. These expenses include lab fees, prescription drugs, dental treatment, ambulance service, eyeglasses, and hearing aids, as well as many other health care expenses. Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are not a qualifying expense. HSA funds may also be used to cover health insurance deductibles and co-payments.
Generally, health insurance premiums, including HDHP premiums, are not qualified expenses, except for the following types of health coverage:
IMPORTANT NOTE: The HSA trustee or employer is not responsible for ensuring that amounts distributed from an HSA are used for qualified medical expenses. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are using your HSA funds to cover or pay for qualified medical expenses.