PPO Savings Plan
The PPO Savings Plan is a Qualified High-Deductible Health Plan (QHDHP). It has a lower payroll contribution but a higher deductible than the PPO Blue Plan.
Following are some features of the PPO Savings Plan:
- Medical coverage is the same as for the PPO Plan
- Physician network is the same as for the PPO Plan
- Drug formulary is the same as for the PPO Plan
- In-network preventive care is covered at 100% with no deductible or coinsurance
- Includes a Health Savings Account (HSA) that allows subscribers to use pre-tax funds to pay for future and current health care expenses
Paying for Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenses
With the PPO Savings Plan, there is generally no payment due at the time of service; however, the subscriber will receive a bill from his/her provider. The subscriber may then choose to pay the bill from a Health Savings Account (HSA) or from other personal accounts. If the bill is paid from a Health Savings account, the subscriber may use the Health Equity debit card, or may pay the provider directly through the claims portal.
With the HSA, there is no requirement to substantiate funds; however, it is recommended that for tax purposes, subscribers keep a record of their payments.
See Health Savings Account for more information about employer contributions to the HSA, maximum allowable annual contributions to the HSA, and how this type of account may be used to pay for medical expenses throughout the life span.
Eligibility Limitations for the PPO Savings Plan with the Health Savings Account (HSA)
While all full-time, benefits-eligible employees are eligible, the EMPLOYEE:
- CANNOT be enrolled in Medicare or be collecting Social Security benefits. It is recommended that employees who are returning from retirement consult with their financial advisor regarding implications of dis-enrolling from Medicare in order to be eligible for the HSA, as they will not be able to collect Social Security benefits unless they are enrolled in Medicare. Once an individual dis-enrolls from Medicare, that person is able to contribute to the HSA.
- CANNOT be enrolled in another health plan
- CANNOT have a balance in a HEALTH CARE Flexible Spending Account
- CANNOT have a J1 Visa; J1 Visa holders are eligible for the PPO plan only