Employees: Enroll in an HSA today, cover your medical costs tomorrow

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CU faculty and staff who are enrolled in CU Health Plan – High Deductible can update their HSA contributions for 2020 or enroll in an account in the myUCCS portal from 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

As the New Year approaches, it’s a good time to evaluate current savings strategies and make adjustments. That’s one reason CU gives faculty and staff a way to save for medical expenses with a Health Savings Account (HSA). This account can be used to pay for medical expenses today, and grow your savings to pay for medical expenses in retirement. Unlike a Flexible Spending Account, there are no time constraints on using your HSA money.

What is an HSA?

Administered by Optum Bank, a Health Savings Account (HSA) is a way to pay for qualified health care expenses now or in the future. HSAs offer three tax benefits: Tax-free savings, tax-free growth, and  tax-free spending on qualified medical expenses from today throughout your retirement.

How much can I contribute?

The IRS increased 2020 contribution limits for all HSA account holders. Those 55 or older are allowed a $1,000 catch-up provision.

HSA contribution limits for 2020

  • Individual Coverage Limit – $3,550
  • Individual Coverage Limit (age 55 or older) – $4,550
  • Family Coverage Limit – $7,100
  • Family Coverage Limit (age 55 or older) – $8,100

Keep in mind: You may change your HSA election amount at any time.

Learn more at the Employee Services website. Have additional questions? Reach out to an Employee Services benefits professional at 303-860-4200, option 3 or benefits@cu.edu.

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