by WEX Benefits
Does your health savings account (HSA) have enough funds to carry you through the second half of the year? And, if it does, is there more you could be doing to grow those funds? We’ve broken down how to know if you’re contributing enough to your HSA to cover costs for the entire year and whether or not you should invest with extra funds. Perform your HSA midyear check!
Does my HSA have enough to cover upcoming healthcare costs?
How does the second half of the year look? Any big procedures or small needs, like eye doctor visits or over-the-counter meds? When determining your total healthcare budget, it may be helpful to look back at your medical spending history and categorize your healthcare costs:
- Routine: These are your anticipated healthcare expenses, even if they may fluctuate. For example, the cost of a regular prescription or the copay for an annual checkup.
- Unexpected: While these costs can be difficult to predict, always account for an unplanned trip to the emergency room or urgent medical procedure.
By contributing more to your HSA, you can use these pre-tax funds to pay for eligible routine or unexpected healthcare expenses that your healthcare plan may not cover.
Am I expected to reach my HSA’s contribution limit?
There’s no downside to contributing the maximum to your HSA, as long as you can afford to do so while also meeting your other financial goals. Making the maximum contribution each year can be a smart retirement strategy. An HSA allows you to save for future healthcare expenses without having to tap into your retirement fund early for unexpected medical expenses.
The IRS set 2022 contribution limits for HSAs. These limits differ based on whether your HSA plan is for individual coverage or family coverage.
Please note: Eligible individuals who are 55 or older are able to contribute an additional “catch-up” contribution of $1,000 per year.
Our My HSA Planner tool can help you determine the right contribution amount based on your financial goals. By entering basic information, the My HSA Planner provides personalized contribution suggestions and projects your potential retirement balance.
If you’re ready to invest funds, where should you start?
For those who do not have a lot of savings or flexibility in budgeting, investing HSA funds can be a key component to your retirement strategy. Funds generally grow tax-free within an HSA, but only about 7% of HSAs are investing. Many HSA plans require a minimum balance in your account before you can invest funds.
Schwab’s Rob Williams recommends keeping two to three years’ worth of routine medical expenses in cash within your HSA and using any excess funds to invest for potential growth.
Common HSA investment options include:
- Mutual funds
Investing HSA funds can offer many benefits, but whether or not you choose to invest depends on your personal financial situation.
If you are investing, how are your investments performing?
It’s important to monitor your investments; the frequency in which you do so is up to you. Some check their investments everyday, while others check quarterly. When reviewing your investments, it is important to evaluate their performance, review available fund options, and consider how your investment strategy could be adjusted.
Financial needs may change, which may result in the need to adjust your investment goals. Our HSA investment guidance tool within your online account provides information to help you set, adjust, and achieve your investment goals.
You can easily check your investments and use our HSA investment guidance tool by:
- Logging into your online account - click the “Accounts” tab, then choose “Investment Summary.” You will then have access to charts, graphs, and data that show you how your investments have performed.
- Logging into our benefits mobile app - Log in and click on “View HSA Investments.”
Watch this short video as our own Jason Cook breaks down the retirement-planning potential of an HSA.
The information in this blog post is for educational purposes only. It is not legal or tax advice. For legal or tax advice, you should consult your own counsel.