Indiana Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are offered from most of the state's best insurance companies privately or through an employer. We help you shop and compare the best Marketplace plans from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, UnitedHealthcare, Ambetter, CareSource, Aetna, Humana, and other respected carriers. The rates you are quoted are always the lowest prices offered to consumers since on and off-Exchange premiums are closely regulated. Coverage is available in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Richmond, and every other city in the state.
What Is An HSA?
Indiana Health Savings Accounts are an affordable alternative to conventional medical coverage. The Medicare Reform Act of 2003 created these contracts, and they have reduced consumer's premiums ever since that date. It is a policy that allows you to pay for medical expenses, and also save for additional medical, dental and vision expenses in a tax-free account. There are also many additional items that can be purchased with IRS-qualified tax-free dollars. Yourself, spouse, and dependents are eligible, under Section 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code. Listed below, are many of the most popular allowed expenses:
Birth control (prescription only)
Braille books and magazines
Doctor visits and fees
Guide dog and other service animals
Lab Fees (and x-rays)
Pregnancy test kit
Prenatal and postnatal treatment
Weight loss programs
You can be single, married or married with dependents, and still be eligible. When you reach age 65, you still own all of the money in your account. Although at that time, you can no longer make contributions, you can still utilize the policy. And, if you wish, you can deposit money into another account, if the owner is under age 65. You can also use the funds to help pay for out-of-pocket expenses from your Medicare coverage and/or Medicare Advantage or Medigap plan.
What About Unused Funds?
Funds remaining in the account at the end of the year continue to be invested and are not lost. At any time you can take these funds out of the account. You can also transfer your money to a different contract. If you terminate the policy, any money left over is yours to keep (you will not lose it) and 100% of your deposits are tax-deductible.If you have reached age 55, an additional $1,000 of "catch-up contributions" may be deposited.
You are not only the owner, but the main decision-maker as well. You can be either conservative or aggressive regarding how your funds are invested. Since interest rates have remained low for many years, electing the "fixed" rate of return will be very safe, although the growth will be nominal. Since a substantial amount of money is not likely to be kept in the account, the safer fixed option is the most popular, since it is FDIC-insured. Electing the "mutual fund" option is more aggressive, and may yield higher returns. But you can also lose your principal.
Insurance premiums reduce, and the owner of the account becomes much more involved in their healthcare decisions. Once you have met your yearly deductible, qualified medical expenses are paid by the insurer. Before you enroll in an HSA, you must first be covered under a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP). Since there are many options to choose from, we help you find the best choice for your needs. Most policies are not considered "qualified." Therefore, you can not choose a traditional copay plan to act as an HDHP, since there will be notax deduction of medical, vision, or dental expenses.
What Are The Least Expensive HSA Plans In Indiana?
For 2017, the policies with the lowest premium are listed below:
Anthem Bronze Pathway X 0
Anthem Bronze Pathway X 20
UnitedHealthcare Bronze Choice 4900
Anthem Silver Pathway X 10
UnitedHealthcare Silver Choice 2600
What Is An HDHP?
An HDHP is a catastrophic health plan that typically features a high deductible, often between $2,000 and $7,150. Medical expenses are usually covered between 80% and 100% after the deductible is met. Maximum out-of-pocket expenses are often less with an HSA because of the possibility of no coinsurance after the deductible.
You can purchase a single policy with a deductible as low as $1,300 and $2,600 for a family. But usually, the higher premium does not justify the extra cost of coverage. NOTE: Remember that you can only deduct medical expenses for a dependent on your tax return. If they file their own tax return, legitimate expenses you spend on them can not be used with your HSA. Once they file their own tax return, they can apply for their own healthcare policy.
Preventive coverage is not subject to the major medical deductible and “Network negotiated discounts” will reduce your out-of-pocket costs. Sometimes these discounts can be as much as 70%-80% (often with lab tests and X-rays). Anthem and UnitedHealthcare often have the best prices, although Humana sneaks into contention in certain areas. However, private plans are not available through all companies, although in 2018 or 2019, more options should become available.
What Are The Tax Benefits?
Contributions to an HSA are deductible from your federal gross income (subject to IRS requirements). Interest on any earnings inside the plan accumulate tax-deferred. Any withdraw for a “qualified medical expense” is not subject to federal income tax. A list of qualified medical expenses can be provided if you request it. For 2017, A family can contribute up to $6,750 in a given year while the individual cap is $3,400.
If you are age 55 or over, a special additional "catch-up" contribution of $1,000 is allowed. Also, the 2017 maximum out-of-pocket expense is capped at $6,550 per individual and $13,100 per family. Deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance count towards this amount. However, the premium payments made to the insurer are not applied to the maximum amount. And any funds that are used for non-qualified expenses will be subject to a 20% penalty.
NOTE: After you reach age 65, funds that have accumulated inside the account are regularly taxed when you withdraw them. But, there is no penalty if you spend the money on items non-healthcare expenses. So although additional contributions can not be made, your HSA has become an IRA. (Not a Roth IRA, but a conventional one)
Can I Have An HSA And An IRA?
Yes. Owning both types of plans are allowed and also very popular. In fact we strongly encourage that you take advantage of both. Keep in mind that withdrawing funds from an HSA is much simpler than withdrawing funds from an IRA. Of course, you will have many more investment choices with the IRA, including the option to create accounts with Ameritrade, Fidelity, and Charles Schwab. Purchasing stocks and mutual funds is inexpensive, although transactions costs should always be monitored.
How Do I Get My Free Quote?
Very easily! Simply provide your zip code in the “Get Free Quotes” box at the top of the page. You will then be able to compare your options. You can also speak to a live person by calling us at (888) 513 6446. We're Indiana's HSA experts and we provide completely unbiased advice that helps you pick out the right plan. Additional information on applying is here.
Are Dental And Vision Expenses Considered “Qualified” Expenses?
If the IRS considers these expenses “deductible,” then they are “qualified.” Most insurance carriers issue a debit card that you can use exclusively for your medical, dental, and vision qualified expenses. Common allowed dental expenses include teeth cleaning, sealants, fluoride treatment, models and molds, x-rays, routine checkups, fillings, dentures, extractions, and braces. The money you spend is clearly documented in a year-end statement.
You can also view your account information online at any time. Generally, you pay a very small (or no) amount at the time you are treated. Once the claim has been submitted, and the negotiated fee has been calculated, you are sent a bill for the reduced amount. Since vision insurance is often limited, there are many eligible out-of-pocket costs that can be deducted. Included are exams, glasses, contact lenses, and other office visit charges.
Do The Recent Changes In Reform Legislation Affect HSAs?
The last significant change was to no longer allow over-the-counter medicines as a qualified expense. These costs are typically quite low so the impact is nominal. The Supreme Court ruling five years ago does not impact HSAs in any significant way. These types of plans will continue to be a popular alternative to more expensive health insurance policies that are not eligible for subsidies. Any Trump Administration changes should be quite beneficial. Increased deductible amounts and a one-time refundable tax credit for contributions have been discussed. Transfer of limited retirement account funds may also occur.
Who Controls The Money That Is Invested In The Policy?
You do! How the money is invested is your decision. HSAs utilize the same type of investments as IRAs. Stocks, bonds, mutual funds and certificate of deposits are the most common types of investments. Utilizing a "fixed interest" option is the safest method of protecting your funds. Although the rate of return will be small, the safety of your investment should not be a concern. If interest rates increase, your rate of return will also increase.
We realize that the same shoe does not fit everyone's needs. We help you determine which type of medical coverage is best for you. And you can easily apply for coverage through this website without paying any fees. Indiana Marketplace HSA plans will save you money and help reduce your taxes. You can also choose policies that are not dependent on the government for a federal subsidy.