Payment Card

If you have a ConnectYourCare payment card, continue to use the card until it expires. Optum Financial will only issue new payment cards for new enrollments, when a card is about to expire, or if a card needs to be replaced. 

A Health Savings Account (HSA) is an individually-owned, tax-advantaged account that you can use to pay for current or future eligible medical expenses. With an HSA you’ll have the potential to build more savings for health care expenses or additional retirement savings through self-directed investment options. 

This benefit is only available to individuals enrolled in one of the IYC High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs).  If you enroll in one of the IYC HDHPs, you are required to enroll in the HSA.

Money in your HSA is yours, even if you leave the HDHP plan or state service.

Account Benefits

  • Pre-tax contributions reduce your taxable income.

  • Post-tax contributions are tax deductible.

  • You can make changes to your contribution at any time.

  • Distributions for eligible medical expenses are tax-free.

  • HSA funds carry over year-to-year without forfeiture.

  • Contributions to your HSA belong to you, even if you retire or change employment.1

  • Grow your savings over time by earning interest.

  • After age 65, your funds can be withdrawn for any purpose without penalty (subject to regular income taxes).

Employees that terminate employment but keep their HSA open and active with Optum will pay a monthly administrative service fee. Retirees enrolled in the IYC HDHP/HSA benefit option are not required to pay the monthly administrative fee.

How it Works

  • You can contribute to your HSA via payroll deduction or by online transfer from your personal bank account. Your employer (if eligible for employer contribution) or third parties, such as a spouse or parent, may contribute to your account as well.

  • You can pay for eligible medical expenses with your payment card or pay out-of-pocket. If you pay out-of-pocket, you can either choose to reimburse yourself or keep the funds in your HSA to grow your savings.

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Visit the Optum Financial microsite to view resources, and access the member portal. Use the member portal or Optum Financial app to manage your account 24/7.

HSA Eligibility

There are a number of requirements you must meet in order to be eligible for an HSA.

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HSA Contributions

You and others (your employer, parents, spouse, etc) may contribute up to $4,150 (individual coverage) or $8,300 (family coverage) to your HSA for the 2024 plan year.

If eligible, your employer may add $750 (individual coverage) or $1,500 (family coverage) to your HSA. Your employer's contribution will be added in installments

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Important HSA Program Information

You must incur all eligible expenses for the 2023 benefit period by December 31, 2023. For the 2024 benefit period, you must incur all eligible expenses by December 31, 2024. The Health Savings Account (HSA) can only be used to pay for eligible medical expenses incurred after your HSA was established.

While you should always try to submit requests for distribution during the same plan year in which the expense was incurred, there is no deadline to request an HSA distribution.

All unused HSA funds carry over year-to-year without forfeiture.

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HSA Eligible Expenses

An eligible expense is a health care service, treatment, or item the IRS states can be paid for without taxes. Eligible expenses can be incurred by you, your spouse, or qualified dependents. The Health Savings Account (HSA) can only be used to pay for eligible medical expenses incurred after your HSA was established.

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HSA Investment Options

Your Health Savings Account (HSA) dollars can grow over time, especially if you decide to compound your funds. The amount you save depends on how you choose to use your HSA funds.

Funds in your HSA account will earn interest over time. Once your balance reaches $1,000, you may invest any funds above that level (in any increments) in a variety of HSA investment options with varying levels of related risk and returns.

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Following Enrollment

You will receive a welcome brochure in the mail from Optum Financial.

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