Your Personal and Financial Health Work as One with a Health Savings Account
INB staff members work hard to make sure you’re on the right path financially. And since financial health can play a role in your physical health, it’s good to know there’s a program that can help you on both fronts. Read to learn more about how a Health Savings Account can help with both your financial and physical health.
- Interest bearing checking account with tiered interest rates
- No minimum opening or ongoing balance requirements
- No monthly service charge
- VISA Debit Card - no transaction fees charged by INB
- Convenient access to your account via Digital Banking
- Manage your account with year-end reports for tax purposes and monthly online statements
- Easy account set-up and experienced support available
Contact our HSA Coordinator, Valerie Woodrum, VP, Retail Operations and Process Improvement Coordinator, NMLS #662920, at 217-747-5576.
What is a Health Savings Account (HSA)?
An HSA is a personal savings account used with a high-deductible health insurance policy (HDHP) to help pay qualifying expenses not covered by the insurance. In addition to allowing you to save the money to cover medical expenses, HSAs offer several tax advantages and allow you to make your own decisions on how to spend your health care dollars.
How does it work?
To contribute to an HSA, you must have an HSA-qualified high-deductible health plan in place. The IRS sets limits on the minimum and maximum out-of-pocket levels for the HDHP and also has contribution limits for HSAs. Unlike cafeteria plans, HSAs do not have a “use-it-or-lose-it” requirement at the end of each year. Any money you don’t use for medical expenses rolls over from year to year, and the account belongs to you, even if it’s funded by your employer.
HSAs are considered part of consumer-driven health care (CDHC), meaning you control the plan, deciding how to spend and invest those dollars.
Who is eligible?
Generally, if you’re covered by a qualified high-deductible health plan (HDHP), you are eligible for an HSA. You’re not eligible for an HSA if you are:
- Covered by another health insurance plan that is not a qualified HDHP
- Claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return
- Enrolled in Medicare benefits
Check with your insurance provider to confirm your plan is HSA eligible.
How much money can I contribute?
If you’re eligible for an HSA, you, your employer and anyone else can contribute to your savings plan. The maximum, annual contributions follow:
|Catch-up contribution for those who are age 55 or older
How can I use the money?
Funds in your HSA can be used to cover medical deductibles, co-payments, dental and vision care, prescription drugs, acupuncture, chiropractor services along with many others. You can also use the account to pay for the medical expenses of a spouse or other family member even if they are not covered by your medical insurance.
If you use the money in any other way, you are subject to income taxes and a 20 percent penalty. However, once you turn 65, you can use the money in your HSA for any purpose you like, without a penalty. You’ll still pay income taxes on it if it’s used for non-medical expenses.
How do I contribute to an HSA?
You can contribute through payroll deduction if the program is offered through your employer. Otherwise, you can set up electronic transfers or send a check to INB.
How do I access the money?
HSA accounts function like a checking account, allowing you to pay for qualified healthcare expenses by check or debit card. With INB, you will receive a Visa debit card, or you can opt for checks. You can manage your account with online and mobile banking, monthly paper statements or e-statements, and year-end reports for tax purposes. There’s no minimum opening or ongoing balance requirements.
Neither INB nor its advisors provide legal or accounting advice. You should consult your legal and/or tax advisors before making any financial decisions.