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Health insurance checklist: How to choose

Key Points

  • Open enrollment offers a once-a-year opportunity to reevaluate your health care plan.
  • Proactive planning and saving strategies can help safeguard your assets from medical expenses.
  • Pre-tax savings accounts can help pay for out-of-pocket expenses while lowering your overall taxes.

Open enrollment season is right around the corner. Now is the perfect time to reexamine your health care coverage before signing up for 2022 benefits. By reviewing your benefits options now, you may be able to reduce your health care costs next year.

Here is our checklist to help guide you in evaluating your 2022 benefit options. 

Evaluate plan options

Consider your health needs and estimate the current and future costs of your existing health care conditions. This information will help you evaluate whether a high- or low-deductible plan is better for you based on your budget and medical needs. Ensure plan premiums, deductibles and copayments fit your budget.

Consider dependents

Reassess coverage if you plan to have a baby or if your adult children are turning 26 (After this age, adult children are commonly no longer eligible for coverage under their parents' insurance.) If you're married, it's a good idea to compare your health plan with that of your spouse.

Explore a Health Savings Account (HSA)

Consider opening a pre-tax health savings account (HSA) through your employer for a tax-advantaged way to help offset out-of-pocket medical costs. An HSA, which requires enrollment in a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), enables you to use pre-tax money to cover eligible health expenses. HSA funds that aren't spent in the calendar year can be rolled over each year.

2022 HSA limits

Individual $3,650
Family $7,300
55 and older $1,000 (catch-up contribution limit)

 

Examine a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Think about setting aside funds for health care expenses through a pre-tax flexible spending account (FSA) if you don't have an HDHP. An FSA can be used for the same types of medical expenses as an HSA. Unlike HSAs, only $500 of leftover funds can be rolled over to the next year, and this rollover exception can vary by employer. Additionally, you may lose your FSA dollars if you leave the company. Check with your employer for details on their rules around FSA rollovers.

2021 FSA limits*

Individual $2,750
Married households Each spouse can contribute $2,750 to their individual account
* FSA 2021 contribution limits available as of 10/27/20

We're here to help

Need some guidance considering your open enrollment and health plan choices? We can help you determine how to balance benefits, supplemental coverage needs and savings options with your overall financial and health planning goals. Open enrollment is also a great time to discuss with us other employer benefits — such as disability coverage, life insurance protection, or 401(k) options.

Contact an Ameriprise advisor for guidance on how health insurance fits into your overall financial plan.

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