What are the requirements to open an HSA?

There are 5 basic requirements to open a new HSA if you don't already have one: 

1. You need a qualifying High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP).

You need to have a qualifying High Deductible Health Plan.This essentially means that you have to pay for all covered medical services – except preventative care – before your health insurance kicks in. So no copays or coinsurance before your deductible is met.

2. You can't be enrolled in any other non-HSA health plan.2

3. You can't also have a Flexible Spending Account.

You can’t have your own or be eligible to use a general purpose Flexible Spending Account (FSA). Your spouse cannot be enrolled in an FSA. Limited purpose FSAs are allowed for Dental, Vision, and Dependent Care if your HDHP doesn’t cover those services.3 Be sure to check with your employer in case this applies to your situation. If your spouse is not enrolled in an FSA and you are eligible for an FSA, but opt-out, then you would be eligible to open an HSA so long as you meet all the other criteria. 

4. Can not be claimed as a dependent in someone else’s tax return.4

5. Can not be enrolled in Medicare (Part A & Part B) or Medicaid.5 

1: IRC Sec. 223(a)
2: IRC Sec. 223(c)(3)(C)
3: IRC Sec. 223(c)(1)(B)(iii))
4: IRC Sec. 223(b)(6))
5: IRC Sec. 223(b)(7)
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