IRS announces new HSA limits for 2012

The IRS has released the 2012 cost-of-living adjustments affecting health savings accounts. The HSA contribution limits and HDHP out-of-pocket maximums will increase slightly, while the HDHP minimum required deductibles remain unchanged for the third year in a row.

[See also: 2012 HSA and FSA cheat sheet]

Here are the details:

  • HSA Contribution Limits: The 2012 annual HSA contribution limit for individuals with self-only HDHP coverage is $3,100 (a $50 increase from 2011), and the limit for individuals with family HDHP coverage is $6,250 (a $100 increase from 2011).
  • HDHP Minimum Required Deductibles: The 2012 minimum annual deductible for self-only HDHP coverage remains $1,200 and the deductible for family HDHP coverage remains $2,400.
  • HDHP Out-of-Pocket Maximum: The 2012 maximum limit on out-of-pocket expenses (including items such as deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance, but not premiums) for self-only HDHP coverage is $6,050 (a $100 increase from 2011), and the limit for family HDHP coverage is $12,100 (a $200 increase from 2011).

Everything else, including eligible expenses and penalties, remains as is. As a reminder, as of Jan. 1, over-the-counter medications (with the exception of insulin) are no longer a covered expense under an HSA, FSA, or HRA without a doctor’s prescription, and the penalty for using HSA funds for ineligible expenses increased from 10 percent to 20 percent.

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