Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are available to those who are enrolled in Basic Health. You can use HSA dollars to pay for eligible medical, dental, and vision expenses. Balances roll over each year and accrue interest, and you keep the balance even if you leave UVA.
Once you have a balance of $1,000 in your HSA, you may invest it in mutual funds; any growth made from the investment is tax-free as long as it is used on eligible medical expenses.
Who is eligible?
You must be eligible for an HSA in order to enroll in Basic Health.
You are eligible for an HSA if:
You are not a wage employee
You do not hold a J-1 visa
You are not enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid, or are listed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return
You, or your spouse, do not have a balance in a healthcare FSA, are part of a FSA grace period, or your plan year is not over
You have not received healthcare benefits from the Veterans Administration (TRICARE) within the last 3 months
You do not have a spouse or parent enrolled in a healthcare plan (including a Health Reimbursement Account) that provides you benefits before meeting the annual IRS minimum deductible
You have not already contributed the annual federal limit to another HSA, Medical Savings Account (MSA), or HRA in the same calendar year.
What are the costs and allowable HSA contributions?
UVA Employer HSA Contribution
Depending on your employee type, UVA may contribute money to your HSA to help offset the higher deductible. These funds roll over from year-to-year and are yours to keep and use for eligible expenses even if you switch to another UVA Health Plan option or leave the University.
Based on whether you are covering only yourself with Basic Health, or other eligible dependents, you will receive the following employer contribution:
Employee Only: $1,000
The annual employer contribution from UVA will be prorated in the following instances:
new hire enrollments and employees who are newly eligible for benefits
employees who have delays in opening their HSA accounts
UVA employer contributions will not change for any employee who gains or loses a dependent in the same calendar year
Employee HSA Contributions
You may choose to contribute to your HSA, though you are not required to do so. Employee contributions made by payroll are deducted before taxes. Each year, the IRS sets a contribution limit. This limit includes employer and employee contributions and is per household. The household limit means that if you and a spouse both have HSAs, your combined contributions, as well as those made by your employer(s), may not exceed the annual contribution maximum. For those age 55 and older, you may contribute an additional $1,000 over the annual maximum as a catch-up contribution.
This year’s contribution limits are the following:
Minimum Annual Employee Contribution: $120
Maximum Annual Employee Contribution: $3,500 for employee only, $7,000 for a family*
*Those with Employee + Child/Children, Employee + Spouse, and Family coverage are allowed to contribute up to the family limit.
UVA will not make retroactive changes to excess contributions or deductions.
How do I use my HSA?
HSAs work like a regular savings account. When you sign up for Basic Health, you must complete banking forms that will go to Chard Snyder, the company that administers UVA’s HSAs, FSAs, and Dependent Daycare Reimbursement Accounts. Contributions are accepted into new HSAs the month after the account is opened by Chard Snyder. For example, if you are a new employee who signs up for Basic Health in mid-August, your HSA may be opened in September. Your prorated UVA annual employer contribution, and any contributions you choose to make by payroll deduction, would go into your account starting in October. Sometimes Chard Snyder may request more information to open an account. Be sure to follow up on any requests to get your HSA opened in a timely manner.
Funds deposited into Health Savings Accounts will be available to spend three bank days after the payday when they are deposited. After contributions are in your account and available, there are two ways to use those funds for eligible expenses:
Use your prepaid benefits card, the Benefits Card, at the time of purchase for eligible expenses. See below for more information about the Benefits Card.
When you first open an HSA, and/or a limited FSA, with Basic Health, you will receive your prepaid benefits card, the Benefits Card, in the mail to your home address. If you have had an account managed by Chard Snyder previously while at UVA, you will reuse the same Benefits Card you already have, even when changing your account type. Benny Cards are reused, so keep your card from year to year.
Before using your Benefits Card, activate it following the included instructions.
Use the card to pay for eligible expenses. Benefits Cards are smart cards, meaning they will only work for allowable expenses.
If you have more than one account, such as a limited FSA and an HSA, the Benefits Card is usually smart enough to pull from the correct account. For example, if you go to the dentist and use your Benefits Card, it would pull funds from your limited FSA first, as those funds are use-or-lose because they don’t rollover from year-to-year.
To be sure funds have been used from the account you intended, always confirm transactions by logging into Chard Snyder.