Your Health Savings Account Basics
It's easy to use your Health Savings Account (HSA)! Read on to learn the basics, and how you can utilize your HSA for healthcare expenses now and for growing retirement savings.
Understanding Your HSA
An HSA is a unique tax-advantaged account designed to both pay for current healthcare expenses and help you save for the future.
Here's what that means and how you benefit:
Add money to it, tax-free.
Use it to pay for eligible medical expenses, tax-free.
Gain interest, tax-free. And, invest your money if you'd like.
Your HSA dollars are yours forever. They stay with you, year over year, even if you change jobs, change insurance, or retire.
Set an amount to be taken out of your paycheck automatically — Work with your employer to arrange this payroll deduction.
Schedule a one-time or recurring online transfer. You can easily move money from a checking account to your HSA by logging into your account and clicking "Pay Bill/Contribute" and then "Add Bank Account."
Write a check and include it with the Contribution Form.
Investing Your HSA
Money in your HSA can be invested to grow your retirement savings. Choose one of the self-directed investment options1 from TD Ameritrade or Devenir, then log into your account and click "Manage Investments" to open your chosen investment account.
Tips for Simple Saving
Check Your Balance
Log into your online account or our free mobile app to view your HSA balance. Online, this will read "Cash Account" in blue.
Know the Limits
View the IRS-dictated HSA limits to ensure your contributions don't exceed the maximum amounts for that year.
Prepare for Expenses
Fund your HSA so that your balance could pay for short-term medical expenses. Use the HSA Contribution Calculator to plan your contributions, one paycheck at a time.
How to Pay for Expenses If There's Not Money in Your HSA
Pay out of pocket and then pay yourself back from your HSA by using your debit card at an ATM2, transferring funds to a linked external bank account, or writing yourself a check.
Where Your Card Will Work
Pay for visits at places such as doctor and dentist offices, hospitals, pharmacies, and vision centers where eligible healthcare services are provided.
Your debit card can be used for point-of-sale transactions in two ways, signature or PIN.
For signature, swipe card, press credit on the keypad, and sign the receipt.
To pay using a PIN2, swipe your card, select debit on the keypad, and enter your PIN. At an ATM2, be sure to select the "checking" option (not savings) when asked the type of account you are withdrawing from.
Tips for Easy Use
Watch for your debit card
Once your account is open, your debit card should arrive within 7–10 business days in a separate mailing from your Welcome Kit.
Stay within spending limits
Pay yourself back, or charge eligible expenses, up to $5,000 per day. If you must use an ATM, limit your daily debit or checking transactions to $300 or your current balance – whichever is less.
Get additional debit cards
Order a debit card for a spouse, partner, or relative who is 18 years or older. First, log into your account and click “Profile Summary” to add an authorized signer or dependent. Then, issue them a debit card under “Banking/Cards.”
Report lost or stolen cards
Log into your account and click “Banking/Cards” under the Accounts menu, and click “Report Lost/Stolen” under the impacted card. Contact the Client Assistance Center at 855-731-5213. They’re available 24/7.