The new limits increase the pre-tax amounts individuals and families may contribute to their HSA over 2020 limits by $50 and $100, respectively, though the minimum deductible for qualifying health plans remains the same from 2020 to 2021. Out-of-pocket maximums are up $100 for individuals and $200 for families over 2020 limits.
Worth noting, those who have an HSA and are over age 55 can save an extra $1,000 annually as a “catch-up” contribution.
“The IRS limit increases are in line and similar to prior year increases, despite the COVID environment,” says Harrison Stone, General Counsel, ConnectYourCare.
“While some may view the increases as modest, every dollar matters right now for consumers when it comes to saving,” he adds.
In addition, as part of the CARES Act that was signed into law at the end of March, Congress is also now allowing consumers to use an HSA or a flexible spending account (FSA) to pay for over-the-counter medications without a prescription. The Affordable Care Act required a prescription for such purchases. The CARES Act also allows the use of HSAs for telehealth and other remote care services until Dec. 31, 2021.