A Health Savings Account: The Triple Tax Advantage Benefit

Health care expenses are a growing concern for many—and a Discovery Benefits health savings account, or HSA, is an option becoming increasingly available to help workers set money aside. And there are tax benefits to an HSA as well. In fact, a health savings account offers account owners a triple tax advantage:

  • Contributions reduce taxable income.
  • Earnings on the account build up tax free.
  • Distributions from the account for HSA qualified expenses aren't subject to taxation.

HSA eligibility is set by different guidelines specific to this type of account. A health savings account allows those enrolled in high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) to save money tax-free to pay for medical expenses. Unlike a flexible spending account (FSA), an HSA can be used as an investment account because the funds aren't lost after a certain period of time.

HSAs share a lot of similarities with individual retirement accounts (IRAs), such as:

  • Allows employees to save and grow money, tax-free.
  • Employees can decide how to invest and grow their money.
  • Funds can be withdrawn anytime for medical expenses.
  • After age 65, the funds can be used for any purpose, without penalty.

There are two types of HSAs offered by Discovery Benefits:

Employer-Sponsored HSA

An employer offers a HDHP combined with an HSA.

How it Works

  1. An employee enrolls in an HSA.
  2. Money is deducted from the employee’s paycheck. Employers can also make contributions.
  3. The employee manages their own HSA funds and investment options.
  4. The HSA is used to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses that are eligible for reimbursement.

Individual HSA

Individuals enrolled in HDHPs can open their own HSA, similar to how they might open traditional checking or savings accounts.

How it Works

  1. Individuals enroll in an HSA.
  2. Money is automatically deposited into the HSA from the individual’s bank account.
  3. The individual manages funds and investment options.
  4. The account is used to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses that are eligible for reimbursement.

The Benefits of HSA Administration with Discovery Benefits

  • Flexibility.  As a leading HSA administrator, Discovery Benefits offers HSA participants a number of convenient payment options for their HSA expenses.  Submit a pay-the-provider request online and payment is sent directly to the healthcare provider within 2-3 business days.  Or select the Claims Sync option and easily monitor your incoming insurance claims; find one that needs payment and simply click submit.  The Benefits Debit Card is available at your fingertips as well for point-of-service payment.
  • One Card.  Everyone is looking for simple.  Discovery Benefits uses the same Benefits Debit Card for all products.  Participants enrolled in multiple plans like that the process is streamlined and they can use the same card.  The card’s technology ensures the correct balance is pulled when they run their card.  Need to order more cards for your spouse or child?  No problem, and no charge.
  • Integration.  Discovery Benefits understands strong integrations with our clients’ other partners saves everyone time and stress in the set-up process and on-going administration of our products.  Discovery Benefits has become a true industry leader in HSA administration with our ability to integrate with our clients’ platforms and technologies.  

Your Steps to Success (It doesn’t get much easier than this.)

  • Create your account and log in
    1. Set up direct deposit
    2. Order additional debit cards for your spouse or dependents (at no cost!)
    3. Need help determining how much to set aside?  No problem, check out our HSA calculator here!
  • Download the free Discovery Benefits mobile app
    1. Manage your health savings account on your own time