2011 Health Savings Account (HSA) limits will remain unchanged due to the low cost of living increase. The maximum 2011 Ohio HSA contribution will be $3,050 for individuals and $6,150 for families. An additional annual “catch up” contribution of $1,000 is available to persons over the age of 55 and not currently enrolled in Medicare.
To qualify for an Ohio HSA, you must have a “High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP),” which is available from most of the large insurers, such as Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, UnitedHealthCare, Medical Mutual, Humana, Assurant and Celtic. The HDHP must have a minimum annual deductible of $1,200 for single coverage and $2,400 for family coverage. The annual maximum out-of-pocket expense allowed is $5,950 for single HSA plans and $11,900 for family HSA plans.
Any contributions made by an employer count towards your contribution limit. 2011 contributions for Ohio HSA plans can be made until April 15, 2012.
An Ohio HSA plan is an extremely attractive alternative to traditional health care. Rates are generally substantially less than a comparable policy and preventive benefits are provided at 100% coverage with no copays, deductibles or waiting periods. This type of coverage allows you to pay for your current medical expenses and save for future health care expenses on a tax-free basis.
Network-negotiated discounts by the health care provider also will reduce your out-of-pocket cost. Office visits, prescriptions, hospital expenses, lab tests and x-rays will be “repriced” to a lower amount. Also, most HSAs offer a “0% coinsurance” option that further reduces your cash outlay. And lifetime caps have been removed, so you will never have to worry about a chronic condition that continues for many years.
Ohioquotes.com is the premier trusted resource for affordable accounts like this. We carefully review all of the available HSA options offered by the major health insurers in the state and only recommend the specific plans that will provide the coverage you need at a rate that meets your budget concerns. In many situations, an HSA will not be suitable for you and we will explain why and also discuss alternatives. And of course, we”re located here in Ohio, unlike most other websites.
You can call us at (888) 513 6446. I also have an HSA (myself, wife and two children) and I’ll be happy to review your options and provide an unbiased recommendation.