For those that like to get a jump on planning for next year, the IRS just announced the new 2016 contribution limits for a health savings account (“HSA”), as well as the 2016 minimum deductible and maximum out-of-pocket limits associated with a high deductible health plan (“HDHP”). The IRS did not change several of the numbers, as you will see in the following comparison:
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Keep in mind that HHS already released its 2016 maximum out-of-pocket limits ($6,850/$13,700), and will also require embedded out-of-pocket maximums beginning with the 2016 plan year. Because the IRS’s out-of-pocket maximums for an HDHP are lower than the HHS maximums, HDHPs must use the lower IRS limit. However, the HHS rule on embedding out-of-pocket maximums still applies to HDHPs. The interplay between the rules can be a little confusing, so consult with your providers now to make sure your coverage for 2016 complies with both the HHS and IRS guidance.