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Health Savings Account cost-of-living adjustments for 2021

May 28, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service has announced in Revenue Procedure 2020-32 the annual cost-of-living adjustments for Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution limits for calendar year 2021.

These limits apply for qualifying High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums. Plan sponsors should verify that their administrative and payroll systems reflect the appropriate limits. 

HSA limits


HSA limits 2021  2020
 Limit on HSA contributions* — single coverage  $3,600  $3,550
 Limit on HSA contributions* — family coverage  $7,200   $7,100 
 HDHP required minimum deductible — single coverage  $1,400  $1,400
 HDHP required minimum deductible — family coverage  $2,800  $2,800
 HDHP out-of-pocket maximum — single coverage  $7,000  $6,900
 HDHP out-of-pocket maximum — family coverage  $14,000  $13,800
 HSA catch-up contribution  $1,000  $1,000

*The above figures do not include the catch-up contribution limit, which is $1,000 for participants age 55 or older. Catch-up contributions can be made any time during the year in which the HSA participant turns 55. 

HSA eligibility

Individuals who participate in an HDHP are permitted a deduction for contributions to HSAs set up to help pay the medical expenses of the participant, spouse and/or dependents.

To be eligible to contribute to an HSA, individuals must participate in an HDHP, which is defined as a health plan with an annual deductible that is not less than the minimum deductibles noted above and for which the annual out-of-pocket expenses — including deductibles, co-payments and other amounts, but excluding premiums — does not exceed the out-of-pocket maximum annually. 

In addition, individuals may not receive benefits from other health plans that would be construed as impermissible coverage, such as a general-purpose health flexible spending account, certain prescription drug benefits, etc.

The limits noted above are subject to an inflation adjustment each year.

For a helpful HSA summary, click here.

If you have any questions, or for more information about the 2021 HSA cost-of-living adjustments, we encourage you to contact our team at HCM@wipfli.com.

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