Frequently Asked Questions
We know that health care plans and tax favored accounts can be confusing, so we’ve developed a list of the most frequently asked questions and the answers. We understand that this won’t answer all the questions you may have, so please contact your campus benefit representative or email email@example.com if you have additional questions that we haven’t answered here.
- How are the myOptions Plan and the myChoice Plan different?
- How does the deductible and out of pocket maximum work with the myChoice Plan?
- How does the deductible and out of pocket maximum work with the myOptions Plan?
- What are the new tax favored accounts for health care expenses?
- What is an HSA?
- What is an HRA?
- What is an FSA?
- Do I have to have health insurance to have a health savings account (HSA)?
- Who owns the HSA?
- Who contributes to the HSA?
- Does the money in my HSA earn interest?
- Can I invest the money in my HSA?
- How much money can I contribute to my HSA?
- What happens to the money in my HSA if I leave my job or retire?
- Does the money I have in my HSA roll over from year to year or do I lose the money at the end of the year?
- Can I take the money out of my HSA any time I want?
- What medical expenses qualify under an HSA?
- If my spouse is on Medicare, can I contribute to an HSA?
- Can I have an HSA account if my spouse has a health care flexible spending account through his/her employer?
- What company is the HSA managed by?
- How do I contact HealthEquity?
- What is an HRA?
- Who owns the HRA?
- Who can put money in my HRA?
- How do I earn my HRA funds?
- When will my HRA funds be available?
- What medical expenses qualify under an HRA?
- What happens to the money in my HRA if I leave my job or retire?
- Does the money I have in my HRA roll over from year to year or do I lose the money at the end of the year?
- Can I use the money in my HRA to pay for my children’s medical expenses, co-pays, and deductibles?
- Can I access my HRA online?
- How do I contact Coventry?
- How do I determine which plan is best for me?
- Do I have to be enrolled in a UM medical plan to receive the incentive?
A. The myOptions Health plan is a new plan that offers a lower premium with a higher deductible and out of pocket maximum. It can be paired with a Health Savings Account to offset your out of pocket medical, dental and vision expenses this year or used to save for future years’ health care expenses.
The myChoice Health Plan has a higher premium but less out-of- pocket expense for services. myChoice Health Plan can be paired with a Health Reimbursement Account and Flexible Spending Account to offset out of pocket health care expenses.
A. The deductible is the total amount members are required to pay each year before the plan begins to pay a benefit. Under the myChoice Plan, each member must meet the individual deductible of $250 for network services ($500 for non-network services) or three family members may meet their deductible to reach the maximum $750 family deductible for network services ($1,500 for non-network services) before a benefit will be paid for any covered member.
These deductible amounts apply only to Medical services under the myChoice Plan; a separate deductible applies to prescription drugs purchased at a retail pharmacy.
A. The deductible is the total amount members are required to pay each year before the plan begins to pay a benefit.
Under the myOptions Plan, if you have individual coverage, you must satisfy the individual deductible of $1,500 for network services ($3,000 for non-network services) in 2013 before any benefit will be paid. If you have family coverage (two or more are covered), you and/or you dependents must satisfy the family deductible of $3,000 for network services ($6,000 for non-network services before any benefits will be paid for any member.
Both Medical and Pharmacy (prescription drug claims) services accumulate toward the myOptions Plan deductible and maximum out of pocket amounts.
A. There are three tax favored accounts available this year. Which you use, will depend on what medical plan you choose. The three accounts are a Health Savings Account (HSA), a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA), and we will continue to offer a Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA). These accounts are described in more detail below.
A. If you choose the myOptions plan and are not covered by another plan or claimed on another’s taxes, you are eligible to set up an HSA to pay for current health expenses and save for future qualified medical and retiree health expenses on a tax free basis. The account is owned and managed by the employee and funds remain in the account from year to year if not used for qualified ( medical , dental and/or vision) expenses. Penalties may apply when funds are withdrawn to pay for anything other than qualifying medical expenses. If you leave the University, the funds in the account go with you. Both you and the University can contribute to the account. In 2013, the University will contribute to your HSA based on your enrollment date.
In addition, if the employee subscriber completes a personal health assessment, health screening and logs 240 minutes of physical activity in one month, the University will add an additional $100 to your HSA account.
A. If you choose the myChoice plan and complete a personal health assessment, health screenign and log 240 minutes of physical activity in one month, the University will place $100 in a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) account to be used toward the medical deductible, co-insurance or copays. This money is tax free and the account is set up and the money applied by Coventry, without any action required of the employee after receiving the $100.
A. If you enroll in the myChoice plan you can enroll in a health care Flexible Spending Account (FSA). An FSA allows money to be deducted from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis to pay for qualifying health care expenses. (Note: you may also use a dependent care FSA for child/day care expenses, but this is a separate election.) By reducing your taxable income, a health care FSA can save you a substantial amount on a wide range of IRS qualified medical, dental, and vision expenses that are not covered by your insurance. Contributions to your FSA accounts are exempt from federal and, in some cases, state income taxes. The catch is that if you do not use all your contributions within the plan year, you forfeit any money left in your account at the end of the year. It is important to carefully budget your contributions and expenses for the year.
A: Yes. To be eligible to open and contribute to an HSA, you need to be enrolled in a qualified high-deductible health plan (HDHP). Enrollment in the University’s myOptions Health Plan qualifies your for an HSA; it has an In-Network deductible of $1,500 for self-only and $3,000 for family coverage.
A: The HSA is owned and managed by the employee.
A: The employee and the employer may both contribute up to the 2013 IRS annual limits of $3,250 for someone with individual coverage or $6,450 for someone with family coverage.
A: Yes, and tax-free. HealthEquity calculates, compounds, and credits interest monthly based on the applicable rate for different tiers of the account balance. For current rates see the interest rate page in the HealthEquity online resource center www.heatlhequity.com.
A: Yes. Similar to an IRA, you may invest a portion of your account balance in mutual funds available through HealthEquity HSA.
A: For 2013, the maximum contribution set by the IRS for an individual account is $3,250 and the maximum contribution for family account is $6,450. Those of age 55 or older can make an additional “catchup” contribution of $1,000 per year. These limits apply to the total of what you and the University contribute.
A: The HSA is in your name. It’s your account and goes with you if you leave employment with the university. If you’re on Medicare or go to another employer that doesn’t have a qualified high deductible plan, you can still use your HSA money for qualified medical expenses, but won’t be able to continue to make contributions.
A: The money continues to accumulate from year to year. You don’t lose the money left in your HSA or the interest it’s earned. It’s your money.
A: Yes. You can take money out any time tax-free and without penalty as long as it is used to pay for qualified medical expenses. If you take money out for other purposes, however, you will pay income taxes on the withdrawal plus a 20% tax penalty.
A: Qualified medical expenses are those that would generally qualify for the medical and dental expenses income tax deduction as outlined in IRS Publication 502 Medical and Dental Expenses. See www.irs.gov/publications/p502/index for a current complete list.
A: Yes. As long as you’re not enrolled in Medicare yourself and are still enrolled in a qualified high deductible health plan like myOptions, you can contribute to your HSA.
A: You cannot have an HSA account if your spouse has a health care flexible spending account through his/her employer under which, money can be reimbursed for your eligible health care expenses.
A: For 2012, HealthEquity, in partnership with Coventry HealthCare, will provide HSA accounts for eligible university faculty and staff.
A: You can call HealthEquity’s dedicated service line for University of Missouri which is 877-372-5383, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
A: This is a Health Reimbursement Account, set up to hold the $100 incentive if you complete your personal health assessment and health screening, and are the plan subscriber. The money may be used for medical deductible, co-insurance and co-pay expenses. The $100 incentive is not taxable to the employee.
A: HRAs are fully owned and funded by the employer.
A: The University. HRAs are fully owned and funded by the employer, so the employee is unable to contribute.
A: When you complete your personal health assessment, health screening and log 240 minutes of physical activity in one month, the university will contribute a $100 to your HRA.
A: The $100 will be placed in your account thirty days after you complete both your PHA and Health Screening, but not before January 31, 2013.
A: Eligible expenses under the university’s HRA plan are medical plan deductibles, coinsurance and co-pays that are your responsibility under myChoice Health plan. Once you earn the $100, it will be posted to your account and Coventry Health Care will automatically apply your HRA dollars to claims for medical benefits as they are processed.
A: The money stays in the medical plan.
A: Your HRA funds over until you reach $250.
A: Yes. The money in your HRA can be used to pay for eligible medical expenses of any family member who qualifies as a dependent on your tax return provided the dependent is covered on your medical plan.
A: Yes. You can see your account balances, claim transactions, and through Coventry Health Care online services at www.ummedcvty.com.
- Login to your Coventry Account
- Select Benefits Tab (top of page)
- Manage MyHRA/FSA or Coventry Fund
- Click “Click Here” towards top of page
- 2nd Box on left contains Incentive Info
- Click on "more" in lower right corner for contribution, utilization, and balances on the 3rd line
A: You can call Coventry member Services at 1-800-613-7721 or visit www.ummedcvty.com.
A: Utilize myBenefit Decision Center located in myHR Self service to compare medical plan details, estimate your out of pocket expenses under each plan and estimate your tax favored account contributions.