HSA and HDHP Limits for 2024
The IRS announced in May of 2023 the updated HSA contribution limits for 2024, which represent a significant increase compared to recent annual increases. The increases take effect in January 2024.
This jump creates opportunities for employers to reconsider their contribution amounts and remind employees to contribute as they plan for the enrollment process.
Read on to learn more about these updates and how you can use them to best prepare for your next open enrollment period.
Refresher: What Is an HSA?
A health savings account (HSA) is a personal bank account with significant tax advantages that an individual can use to pay for medical expenses, typically paired with high-deductible health insurance plans (HDHP). A wide variety of banking institutions around the country offer these types of accounts to individuals and families.
To properly utilize their benefits, people with HSAs need to be enrolled in a compatible HDHP. They can use the money from their HSAs for qualified medical expenses, which can be determined by reviewing the IRS’s frequently asked questions on what services or products may be eligible for HSA spending.
Many procedures and items may qualify as necessary medical expenses that people can use HSA funds on. For example, certain cosmetic procedures are HSA-eligible, as well as products like sunscreen or face wash. To see other HSA-eligible products, check out the HSA store.
HSAs differ from flexible spending accounts (FSAs) as an HSA balance can be rolled over year after year. They can be used indefinitely so long as the purchase is a qualified medical expense. This is typically desirable for younger, healthier individuals who don't utilize the sum of their yearly contributions by the time the term resets.
What Are the New HSA Contribution Limits?
The IRS announced increases to 2024 HSAs and HDHPs. The announcement was made on May 16, allowing plenty of time for employers to plan for the following open enrollment season.
HSA Contribution Limits
Including Both Employer & Employee
HSA Catch-Up Contributions
for Ages 55 & Up
HDHP Maximum Out-Of-Pocket Amounts
Including Deductibles, Co-Payments, and Other Amounts
**Not Including Premiums
HDHP Minimum Deductibles
These new HSA and HDHP limits for the 2024 year represent a much larger jump than prior years. This opens up a unique opportunity for employers to increase their contributions. Employees may consider increased employer contributions as a desirable benefit that can lead to a stronger culture and increased retention.
How Are New HSA Contribution Limits Determined?
HSA's contribution limits are typically adjusted for inflation each year and then rounded up or down to the nearest $50. The adjustment is based on the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers.
These HSA rates are typically released earlier than other employee benefit rates. This is because employers need to get state approval for all of their insurance offerings. The earlier release allows many employers to begin planning for the upcoming open enrollment period in advance.
It is an excellent idea for organizations to use this information to create a plan and get a head start on the new benefits enrollment period. Employers can best prepare by including new and adjusted limits in all open enrollment literature and materials being utilized.
Important Contribution Considerations
Beyond the limit increases for 2024, there are a few other points of note:
If a married couple's family coverage is HSA-eligible, they share a single contribution limit of $8,300 for the 2024 year. Conversely, if two spouses each have self-only coverage, they will be allowed to contribute $4,150 to their respective accounts.
If spouses aged 55 or over wish to each contribute the extra $1,000 catch-up contribution, they must have two separate HSA accounts listed under different names.
If one spouse is under the age of 55 while the other spouse is 55 or older, the younger spouse can contribute the total family contribution amount. Still, the older spouse must open a new account under a different name to make the extra $1,000 catch-up contribution.
Unless it is withdrawn prior to the tax deadline, all excess contributions will be subjected to an excise penalty amount of 6%.
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