Health Savings Account

Health Savings Account (HSA) through Optum Bank

If you enroll in one of the State's High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP), you may be eligible to open a Health Savings Account (HSA) through Optum Bank. An HSA is a tax-advantaged savings account that can be used to pay for eligible healthcare expenses. 

What are the benefits of an HSA?

A Health Savings Account (HSA) helps you plan, save, and pay for healthcare.

  • The State of Colorado contributes $60 per month to your account. 
  • You own your HSA. The money belongs to you, even deposits made by others to your HSA.
  • All unused funds roll over year to year.
  • You keep your HSA even if you change jobs, change health plans, or retire.
  • Your HSA has tax benefits. Money goes into and comes out of an HSA tax-free (as long as HSA funds are used to pay for qualified healthcare expenses). 

Monthly State Contribution

In order to be eligible for the state contribution of $60 per month you must complete the following steps:

  1. Elect and HSA qualified High Deductible Health Plan in Benefitsolver
  2. Elect the HSA option in Benefitsolver
  3. Agree to the terms and conditions in Benefitsolver

Once all steps have been completed and the State receives your account information from Optum Bank, the employer contributions will begin prospectively.

Questions?

Optum Bank: 866.234.8913

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For enrollment questions, please reach out to your agency's Benefit Administrator.

Eligibility

You can open a Health Savings Account (HSA) at Optum Bank if you:

  • Are enrolled in one of the State’s High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP)
  • Are not covered by any other non-qualified health plan, such as a spouse’s plan, unless it is permissible coverage like dental, vision, long-term care, disability, accident, and insurance covering certain types of liabilities, specific illnesses or diseases, or hospitalization.
  • Are not enrolled in Medicare or Tricare
  • Cannot be claimed as a tax dependent on another person’s tax return
  • Are not covered by a General Purpose Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)

For a complete list of HSA rules, see IRS Publication 969 for details. Other exclusions may apply. 

HSA Contribution Limits - Calendar Year 2021

HSA contribution limits are determined every year by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under section 223 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).

2021 Annual HSA Contribution Limits Individual Coverage Family Coverage
Maximum Annual Contribution Limit $3,600 $7,200
Catch-up Contribution Limit (age 55+) $1,000 $1,000

Note: These IRS statutory contribution limits apply to the combined total of all of your HSA deposits including contributions from you, your employer, family members or anyone else. Catch-up contributions can be made during the calendar year in which the HSA participant turns 55.

Important Disclosures
  • Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are individual accounts and are subject to eligibility and restrictions, including restrictions on distributions for qualified healthcare expenses set forth in section 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).
  • State taxes may apply. While Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) were created by the federal government, states can choose to follow federal tax treatment guidelines or establish their own. Please consult your tax advisor or state department of revenue for more information.
  • If you are not age 65 or not enrolled in Medicare benefits or not disabled and you use your HSA funds for nonqualified purposes, any HSA funds used for nonqualified purposes are taxable as normal income and also subject to an additional 20 percent (20%) IRS tax penalty.
  • After you turn age 65 or become enrolled in Medicare benefits, you may withdraw money from your HSA for nonqualified purposes without being subject to the 20 percent (20%) IRS tax penalty. The HSA fund withdrawal is treated as retirement income and is subject to normal income tax. The same holds true if you become disabled before age 65, you are not liable for the 20 percent (20%) IRS tax penalty and the HSA fund withdrawals are taxable as normal income.
  • Optum Bank fees may reduce HSA fund balances.
  • Federal and state laws and regulations are subject to change.

This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. We recommend that you consult a tax, legal or financial advisor to discuss your personal circumstances and for personal advice on eligibility, tax treatment and restrictions.