HSA/HDHP Limits Increase for 2022

On May 10, 2020, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2021-25 to provide the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2022. The IRS is required to publish these limits by June 1 of each year.

These limits include:

  • The maximum HSA contribution limit;
  • The minimum deductible amount for HDHPs; and
  • The maximum out-of-pocket expense limit for HDHPs.

These limits vary based on whether an individual has self-only or family coverage under an HDHP. Eligible individuals with self-only HDHP coverage will be able to contribute $3,650 to their HSAs for 2022, up from $3,600 for 2021.

Eligible individuals with family HDHP coverage will be able to contribute $7,300 to their HSAs for 2022, up from $7,200 for 2021. Individuals who are age 55 or older are permitted to make an additional $1,000 “catch-up” contribution to their HSAs.

The minimum deductible amount for HDHPs remains the same for 2022 plan years ($1,400 for self-only coverage and $2,800 for family coverage). However, the HDHP maximum out-of-pocket expense limit increases to $7,050 for self-only coverage and $14,100 for family coverage.

Action Steps

Employers that sponsor HDHPs should review their plan’s cost-sharing limits (minimum deductibles and maximum out-of-pocket expense limit) when preparing for the plan year beginning in 2022. Also, employers that allow employees to make pre-tax HSA contributions should update their plan communications for the increased contribution limits.

Highlights

  • Each year, the IRS announces inflation-adjusted limits for HSAs and HDHPs.
  • By law, the IRS is required to announce these limits by June 1 of each year.
  • The adjusted contribution limits for HSAs take effect as of Jan. 1, 2022.
  • The adjusted HDHP cost-sharing limits take effect for the plan year beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2022.

Important Dates

  • January 1, 2022 – The new contribution limits for HSAs become effective.
  • 2022 Plan Years – The HDHP cost-sharing limits for 2022 apply for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2022.
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