Health Savings Account (HSA)
What is the difference between an HRA and HSA?
An HRA is a fund, established by Bloomin’ Brands, in which money you earn by completing health rewards is deposited by Bloomin’ Brands. You cannot contribute your own money, and you do not own the account so you cannot take unused money with you if you are no longer enrolled in a HRA medical option or leave Bloomin’ Brands.
An HSA is a type of bank account, opened by you, in which money you contribute plus money you earn by completing health rewards is deposited by Bloomin’ Brands. Once you have a certain amount of money in your account, you have the option to invest those funds. You always own the account, and the money is yours.
What is a Health Savings Account (HSA)?
Can I contribute my own money to the Health Savings Account (HSA)?
Yes, you may contribute your own money to the HSA. The total amount contributed by you and by any Health Rewards contributions you earn from Bloomin’ Brands cannot exceed the annual amount set by the IRS.
What is the maximum amount I can contribute to the Health Savings Account (HSA)?
For 2022, you and Bloomin’ Brands can contribute a total of $3,650 if you are enrolled in single medical coverage, or a total of $7,300 if you are enrolled in family medical coverage. If you are age 55 years old or older, you may contribute an additional $1,000 in catch-up contributions.
Do I lose the money in my Health Savings Account (HSA) if I don’t use it during the year?
No, that money is yours and rolls over from year to year, if you do not use it to pay for eligible health care expenses. It is also yours to keep if you no longer work for the company.
Why am I seeing HSA deductions from my paycheck, but AccrueHealth says I have a zero balance in my HSA? Where is my money going?
You are required to open an HSA account with AccrueHealth, so that your HSA paycheck contributions can be deposited into it. The account is not automatically opened on your behalf.
What happens to my pre-tax HSA contributions in 2022? Will they continue to be deposited to my Optum account until the bulk-transfer to AccrueHealth in March?
After December 31, 2021, no HSA contributions will be deposited with Optum. You must open a new account with AccrueHealth so your 2022 HSA contributions can be deposited.
Will AccrueHealth have the same investment options as Optum for my HSA funds?
Because they are different banks, you may have different investment options for your AccrueHealth HSA account. You will be able to view more information on these options after you have received your new debit card from AccrueHealth and create your online account.
When will I receive information about transferring my 2021 HSA funds from Optum Bank to AccrueHealth?
More information will be shared starting in late January 2022 about action you need to take in February and March, 2002. Until that time, there is no action you need to take, aside from opening your HSA account with AccrueHealth after you receive your new debit card in late December 2021.
How will the transfer from Optum Bank to AccrueHealth work?
If you consent in February 2022 to the bulk transfer in early March 2022, all unused funds (both money you have contributed and any health rewards you earned from Rally) will transfer from Optum Bank to AccrueHealth.
I have invested some/all of my 2021 HSA funds. Will I need to divest (sell) these to take advantage of the bulk transfer in 2022?
Yes, you will need to divest any HSA funds you have invested with Optum Bank prior to the bulk transfer. Once the transfer is complete, you can reinvest them in the available options with AccrueHealth.
Will the money in my Optum HSA still be available after the transition?
In late January 2022, you will receive communications and instructions about providing electronic consent to have your HSA funds transferred from Optum to AccrueHealth. Until you consent to the transfer, your HSA money will continue to be available to you from your Optum account.
What fees will I incur if I choose to leave my HSA funds with Optum Bank?
Generally, monthly maintenance fees for your account, as well as for your investment account, range between $1 – $3 each. There are also per-transaction fees for using an ATM, similar to what your bank may charge. Also, if you later decide to transfer your HSA funds to AccrueHealth or another HSA custodian, there will be a transfer fee of no less than $20. Please remember that all fees are subject to change at any time.
When I retire, can I use my HSA funds to pay for my insurance and/or Medicare premiums?
When you are no longer actively working, certain premiums for health insurance may be eligible expenses under your HSA. Please consult a tax adviser for more information on what expenses are eligible.
How do I access information about my Health Savings Account (HSA)?
To access information about your 2021 HSA account with Optum Bank, visit www.optumbank.com.
To open and access your 2022 HSA account with AccrueHealth, visit member.accrue-health.com/. You will need your AccrueHealth debit card to create a new account.