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Legal Alert- IRS Releases 2023 HSA Contribution Limits and HDHP Deductible and Out-of-Pocket Limits

In Rev. Proc. 2022-24, the IRS released the inflation adjusted amounts for 2023 relevant to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs). The table below summarizes those adjustments and other applicable limits.

  2023 2022 Change
Annual HSA Contribution Limit

(employer and employee)

Self-only: $3,850 Family: $7,750 Self-only: $3,650 Family: $7,300 Self-only: +$200 Family: +$450
HSA catch-up contributions

(age 55 or older)

$1,000 $1,000 No change
Minimum Annual HDHP Deductible Self-only: $1,500 Family: $3,000 Self-only: $1,400 Family: $2,800 Self-only: +$100

Family: $200

Maximum Out-of-Pocket for HDHP

(deductibles, co-payment & other amounts except premiums)

Self-only: $7,500 Family: $15,000 Self-only: $7,050 Family: $14,100 Self-only: +$450 Family: +$900


Out-of-Pocket Limits Applicable to Non-Grandfathered Plans

The ACA’s out-of-pocket limits for in-network essential health benefits have also been announced and have increased for 2023.

  2023 2022 Change
ACA Maximum Out-of-Pocket Self-only: $9,100

Family: $18,200

Self-only: $8,700

Family: $17,400

Self-only: +$400

Family: +$800


Note that all non-grandfathered group health plans must contain an embedded individual out-of-pocket limit within family coverage if the family out-of-pocket limit is above $9,100 (2023 plan years) or $8,700 (2022 plan years). Exceptions to the ACA’s out-of-pocket limit rule are available for certain small group plans eligible for transition relief (referred to as “Grandmothered” plans). While historically CMS has renewed the transition relief for Grandmothered plans each year, it announced in March that the transition relief will remain in effect until it announces that all such coverage must come into compliance with the specified requirements.

Next Steps for Employers

As employers prepare for the 2023 plan year, they should keep in mind the following rules and ensure that any plan materials and participant communications reflect the new limits:

  • HSA-qualified family HDHPs cannot have an embedded individual deductible that is …
By |May 3rd, 2022|Affordable Care Act, Compliance, Employee Benefits, Employee Communications, Health Care Reform, IRS, Legislation, Medical, Voluntary Benefits|Comments Off on Legal Alert- IRS Releases 2023 HSA Contribution Limits and HDHP Deductible and Out-of-Pocket Limits

Congress Passes Another Temporary Telehealth Safe Harbor

On March 15, 2022, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 (H.R. 2471) into law (“CAA 2022”).  The CAA 2022 is largely a spending bill but also includes, among other things, a much-anticipated new telemedicine safe harbor similar to that which was created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  The safe harbor allows high deductible health plans (HDHPs) to cover medical and behavioral health treatment before participants meet their deductibles (i.e., without cost sharing).  The safe harbor applies from April 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022, regardless of plan year.

Background on Telehealth Safe Harbor under the CARES Act

On March 27, 2020, the CARES Act became law. While the CARES Act was largely an economic package intended to stabilize individuals and employers during COVID-19-related shutdowns, it also included several measures directly related to employee benefits. One specific provision was the safe harbor under which HDHPs could cover telehealth and other remote care without cost-sharing. As a result, no-cost telehealth could be provided to plan participants for any reason–not just COVID-19 related issues–without disrupting HSA eligibility.

The CARES Act safe harbor was a temporary measure, applying only to plan years beginning on or before December 31, 2021, which means, for calendar year plans, the safe harbor expired on December 31, 2021.  Without the safe harbor, telehealth programs that provide “significant benefits” in the nature of medical care or treatment generally disrupt HSA eligibility.  Whether benefits are “significant” is a facts and circumstances determination.  That said, in cases where a telehealth program provides robust benefits, such as medical advice and diagnosis for a broad range of non-emergency, common medical illnesses, general referrals to other provider types (including the emergency room), and certain …

By |March 21st, 2022|Broad Reach Benefits, Employee Benefits, Employee Communications, IRS, Legislation, Medical, Voluntary Benefits, Wellness|Comments Off on Congress Passes Another Temporary Telehealth Safe Harbor

Legal Alert-Agencies Issue Additional Guidance on OTC COVID-19 Tests

On February 4, 2022, federal agencies released additional FAQs related to coverage of over the counter (“OTC”) COVID-19 tests by group health plans and health insurance carriers.  The FAQs are intended to clarify the previous FAQs released on January 10, 2022.

Prior Guidance

On January 10, 2022, the agencies released initial guidance for plans and carriers, which required them to cover FDA approved at-home, OTC COVID-19 tests without cost sharing, prior authorization, or medical management, and without the need for a prescription or recommendation of a health care provider.  These requirements apply during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Notably, plans and carriers are not required to cover OTC COVID-19 tests purchased or used for workplace testing/employment purposes.

Plans and carriers may reimburse participants for their purchase upon submission of a claim or by reimbursing the entity who sold the test directly. The guidance provided for two safe harbors, which permit plans and carriers to:

  1. limit reimbursement to the lower of the actual price or $12 per test if the plan arranges for direct-to-consumer coverage of OTC COVID-19 tests that meet the FFCRA criteria through both its pharmacy network (or another entity designated by the plan or carrier) and a direct-to-consumer shipping program; and