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Who is eligible for a Health Savings Account

Last Updated March 24, 2009

Question: 

Who is eligible for a Health Savings Account?

Answer: 

To be eligible for a Health Savings Account, an individual must be covered by a HSA-qualified High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) and must not be covered by other health insurance that is not an HDHP.  Certain types of insurance are not considered “health insurance” and will not jeopardize an individual’s eligibility for an HSA. In general,  the term "eligible individual" means, with respect to any month, any individual if --

  • such individual is covered under a high deductible health plan as of the 1st day of such month, and

  • such individual is not, while covered under a high deductible health plan, covered under any health plan

      • which is not a high deductible health plan, and

      • which provides coverage for any benefit which is covered under the high deductible health plan.

The HDHP policy does not have to be in the HSA owner’s name,. As long as the individual has  coverage under the HDHP policy, he/she can be eligible for an HSA,  assuming the other eligibility requirements for contributing to an HSA are satisfied. An individual can still be eligible for an HSA even if the policy is in the name of the individual’s spouse.

 

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