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How to Open a HSA
Thank You for your interest in opening up a Health Savings Account. Please click on the button to the left below the picture and we will respond to your email within 24 business hours. You must be a member of Altra Federal Credit Union, click to apply for membership.
You will need to be the primary member on your account for your HSA. Some questions we will ask you to complete your HSA application include:
- Your marital status. (If you are married and choose to designate a beneficiary other than or in addition to your spouse, we will need authorization from your spouse.)
- Your beneficiary designation if any. (Upon your death, who you wish your HSA to be paid to. We will need their name(s), address(es), date(s) of birth, relationship, and social security number(s) if you plan on making a contribution at this time.)
How to Move a HSA
Do you have a HSA elsewhere you would like to add to your Altra HSA? We can help. If you already have an Altra HSA, tell us where your other account is held. We will need the HSA Trustee or Custodian information:
- Financial Name
- Full address
- Phone number
- Account number
We will send instructions to rollover the full amount to Altra, close out your other account, and ensure that it is coded correctly as a rollover for tax purposes. We will send you a form to sign and authorize the transaction. Some financials may require additional paperwork to process. If we need anything additionally signed from you, we will contact you. If you do not have an Altra HSA, please refer to the how to open instructions.
What is a HSA?
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are consumer directed health coverage that combines a high deductible health plan with a tax-free savings account for medical expenses. A HSA enables you to pay and save tax-free for qualified medical expenses, including doctor’s visits, prescriptions, vision, dental, chiropractors, and more.
You control how and when you spend the money in your HSA and your balance can grow year after year, tax-free, through retirement.
You must have coverage under a HSA-qualified high deductible health plan to open and contribute to a HSA. The qualified deductible amount changes each year.
Why choose an Altra HSA?
- No fees or minimum balance required.
- Great rate!
- FREE debit card.
- Can consolidate other Health Savings plans into one with Altra if needed.
- Set up automatic deposits.
What are the benefits of a HSA?
High Deductible Health Plan:
- Can cost less than other health plans.
- Provides quality health insurance.
- One calendar-year deductible per family.
- Can pay 100% of covered expenses after deductible is met.
- Tax-deductible contributions.
- Tax-free earnings.
- Tax-free payment of qualified medical expenses.
- Used to meet your deductible.
- Rolls over year after year. There’s no “use it or lose it” penalty.
- Portable, goes with you wherever you go.
What can a HSA be used for?
- Health insurance premiums when you’re between jobs.
- Qualified long-term care premiums.
- Medicare premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.
- Living expenses after age 65 (pay ordinary income taxes).
Note that HSA funds can no longer be used for over-the-counter medication, except in limited circumstances; check with your tax advisor for details.
For more information, see IRS Publication 969 (PDF)
Health Savings Account (HSA) Rates
Rates effective July 1, 2020; subject to change.
|Minimum Balance||Dividend Rate||APY*|
|$5,000 & over||0.75||0.75|
*APY= Annual Percentage Yield. Rates subject to change.
| Minimum Deductible
||Maximum Out-of-Pocket|| Contribution Limit Under 55
||Contribution Limit Over 55|
Please contact your insurance agent to verify your deductibles and out of pocket limits.
Are you a business owner considering offering your employees a HSA?
Contact an Altra Financial Services Representative for more information or to set up an appointment.
Not an Altra member? Apply for membership!
It’s easier than ever to join Altra Federal Credit Union. We offer several eligibility options that qualify you and your immediate family/household members for membership based on where you live, work, worship, or attend school.