Paying for healthcare is no picnic. But it can be a piece of cake when you have a Health Savings Account (HSA). That’s because with an HSA, you can set aside pretax* dollars to pay for healthcare expenses. And here’s the icing on that cake: Splunk contributes too! Plus, you can use the money in your HSA whenever you want—today, next year or even in retirement. The HSA is paired only with the UnitedHealthcare High Deductible Health Plan (UHC HDHP).

* State taxes may apply in some states.

Get free money from Splunk

When you’re enrolled in the HSA, Splunk helps pay for your healthcare! We contribute $500 to your HSA if you have individual medical coverage, or $1,000 if you have family coverage.

5 Ways you win with an HSA

Sometimes referred to as a 401(k) for healthcare, the HSA is built to last. You can spend HSA dollars on current eligible healthcare expenses, save them for expenses you rack up later (even in retirement) or do both. Here’s how your HSA helps you get ahead:

  1. It’s triple tax-advantaged. You pay no federal taxes on contributions to your account, withdrawals for eligible expenses, or interest and investment earnings. Your contributions reduce your taxable income too.
  2. Use HSA funds to cover eligible medical, dental and vision expenses for you and your tax dependents, even if they’re not covered by a Splunk medical plan.
  3. Your HSA is yours to keep, even if you change health plans, leave Splunk or retire.
  4. The money in your HSA continues to earn interest and grow, year over year, until you use it.
  5. For more growth potential, you can invest your balance once it exceeds $1,000.

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Annual contributions

Great deals like an HSA always come with a few rules from the IRS, which sets annual HSA contribution limits. For 2022, the maximum is $3,650 if you have individual medical coverage and up to $7,300 with family coverage. If you’re age 55 or above, you can add another $1,000.

Splunk contributes, too, when you enroll in the HSA (even if you don’t contribute!): $500 for individual coverage and $1,000 for family coverage for the year. Splunk makes its contributions to your account on a calendar quarterly basis. The annual Splunk contribution amount is prorated by quarter based on when you enroll and when your HSA coverage begins. Your coverage must begin by January 1, April 1, July 1, or October 1 to be eligible for that quarter’s contribution.

You can change your contributions at any time in Workday. Elections take effect the 1st of the month following your election change in Workday.

Keep in mind that the IRS limits are the total of your and Splunk’s contributions. Exceeding these limits, like so many others, comes with consequences. You’ll pay regular income tax plus a 10% penalty on any excess contributions.

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Instant emergency fund

Because you never know when you might need a big chunk of change, consider this hack: As you can, pay out of pocket for routine care, prescriptions or other eligible expenses—and save your receipts! Your HSA balance will continue to grow. You can submit those receipts for reimbursement at any time. Voila! Money when you really need it.

Who can participate

With just a few exceptions, if you choose the UnitedHealthcare High Deductible Health Plan (UHC HDHP), you can reap the rewards of an HSA. You cannot contribute to an HSA if you’re:

* But you can contribute to the Limited Purpose FSA for dental and vision expenses only.

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Eligible expenses

It’s hard to put a price on peace of mind, but that’s one of the HSA’s biggest returns. Just knowing you have money to cover predictable (and unpredictable) healthcare costs is invaluable. That peace of mind is worth even more in retirement, when healthcare expenses are typically higher for most people.

Here’s a list of some things you can use your HSA money for, per the IRS:

  • Doctor and hospital visits
  • Prescription drugs
  • Over-the-counter drugs and healthcare supplies
  • Prescription eyewear and supplies
  • Dental treatment
  • Lab fees
  • Feminine care products
  • Medicare premiums

For a full list of eligible expenses, take a look at IRS Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses or search WEX’s eligible expenses list.

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Using your HSA

We’ll walk you through the process here (a lot of it happens behind the scenes). It starts with choosing the UHC HDHP and enrolling in the HSA in Workday. This is when you indicate how much you’ll contribute for the year. HSA enrollment is not automatic! You must enroll in the HSA in Workday.

Spoiler alert: Splunkers must pass ID verification per the U.S. Patriot Act. It’s not just us—this rule applies to employees everywhere. WEX will reach out to you requesting additional documentation if you don’t pass. If you don’t pass within 60 days, all payroll contributions are returned to you, any Splunk contributions are removed, and your account is closed.

Next, Splunk opens your account for you, and you begin contributing tax-free** with each paycheck throughout the tax year. Splunk makes its contributions to your account on a calendar quarterly basis. The annual Splunk contribution amount is prorated by quarter based on when you enroll and when your HSA coverage begins. Your coverage must begin by January 1, April 1, July 1 or October 1 to be eligible for that quarter’s contribution.

Then, WEX will send you a debit card. You can use it to pay for eligible medical, dental and vision expenses. Or you can pay out of pocket, save your receipts and submit them for reimbursement in your online WEX account, or by emailing, faxing or mailing a claim form and receipts. Note: If you also have a Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Account, you may want to use it first for dental and vision expenses.

** Tax-free in all states but California and New Jersey

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Please refer to the plan and policy documents for additional details on the plans, including exclusions, limitations and eligibility.