Health Savings Account (HSA)

The HSA is a tax-advantaged account available to those who enroll in the eBay PPO with HSA. The HSA helps you meet that plan's higher deductible by giving you a way to pay for qualified medical expenses, including deductibles and copays, using pre-tax money.

  • eBay makes an annual contribution to the HSA at the beginning of the plan year1 — $550 if you enroll in employee-only coverage or $1,100 if you cover dependents.
  • If you choose to contribute, your contributions will be made on a pre-tax basis.
  • For 2019, you can contribute an additional $2,950 if you enroll in employee-only coverage and $5,900 if you cover dependents.
  • If you will be age 55 or older in 2019, you can make an additional pre-tax "catch-up" contribution of $1,000.
  • Your HSA balance earns tax-free interest and investment returns.
  • You can use the HSA to pay for qualified medical expenses, including deductibles and copays.
  • Any HSA money you don't spend stays in your account to help you save for future medical and retiree health expenses.
  • Your HSA belongs to you. You take it with you if you leave the plan, leave the company or retire.
  • The HSA is administered by HealthEquity.

1If you're newly enrolled, eBay's contribution will be made during the next one or two pay periods after your enrollment.

If you enroll in the eBay PPO with HSA, you also can enroll in a health care Flexible Spending Account (FSA). But, if you enroll in both, the IRS will limit reimbursement under the health care FSA to dental and vision expenses only. (This is called a "limited-use FSA.") Keep this limitation in mind when deciding how much to contribute to your health care FSA.

Here's how the health care FSA and HSA differ and how they work together:

 

HSA

Health Care FSA

Can I contribute regardless of my medical plan choice?

No, you must be enrolled in the eBay PPO with HSA option.

Yes.

What if I have BOTH types of accounts?

There is no impact on the HSA.

FSA eligible expenses will be limited to dental and vision only ("limited-use FSA").

Can I make tax-free contributions?

Yes.

Yes.

Does eBay make a contribution?

Yes.

No.

What's the total contribution allowed in 2019?

$3,500 (employee-only coverage)
$7,000 (employee + dependents coverage levels)

$2,650

Does the account gain interest or earnings?

Yes, your account can grow through tax-free interest and investment earnings.

No.

Is the money taxable when used?

Funds won’t be taxed if they’re used for eligible expenses.

No, funds can only be used for eligible expenses.

Do I lose unspent money at the end of the year?

No, you own it and keep it.

Up to $500 of your remaining balance will automatically be added to your balance for the following year.

Do I have to enroll each year?

Your HSA remains active as long as you're in the eBay PPO with HSA, and the company contribution continues year to year.

Yes, you must enroll if you want to participate for the following year.

Can I change my contribution amount during the year?

Yes, you can change your contribution amount at any time.

No, you can only set your contribution amount during Open Enrollment or within 30 days of a qualifying change in status event.

Can I take my account balance with me when I leave eBay?

Yes, the money in the account is yours even if you leave the plan, leave the company or retire.

No.