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See what your co-workers have to say about the HDHP with HSA.

Special thanks to the following for the production of the testimonial video:
Andy Vachon, Andy Parent, Jean Fortier, Lisa Hynes, Kristen Clarke and Kim Drohan from the Leadership Academy Team and Brendan McCormick of MPTS

Benefits of the H S A  Plan

  • Lower premium deductions than other health plans

  • Triple Tax Advantage: goes in tax free, earns interest tax free, comes out tax free (for qualified medical expenses)

  • Receive city contributions toward the deductible

Your Guide To HSA's

Click here to view the booklet

We are happy to provide you with this digital booklet to help you better understand the Lumenos High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA). If you would like a hard copy of this booklet, contact the benefits coordinator.

If you are approaching or over age 65, there are important issues you should be aware of in regards to having and contributing to an HSA. Read the brochure below for more information.
Health Savings Accounts for People Approaching or Over Age 65

You must be enrolled in Anthem's Lumenos High Deductible Health Plan in order to have a Health Savings Account. A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a tax-exempt savings account used for the express purpose of paying qualified medical expenses.

You cannot enroll in both a full purpose Flexible Spending Health Reimbursement account (FSA) through your employer (or even through your spouses employer) and an HSA during the same period. The IRS considers this double dipping.

As long as funds are saved and spent for qualifying medical expenses, all contributions (including those made by the City) and withdrawals remain untaxed. Unlike the Flexible Spending Health Reimbursement account, the funds in an HSA are not subject to a "use it or lose it" policy. Anything you do not spend one year, carries over to the next year. Others may also contribute money to your HSA on your behalf.  You can use money in your HSA to pay for your medical care including prescriptions, dental and vision expenses. You cannot enroll in a Flexible Spending Health Reimbursement Account if you are on a High Deductible Health Plan with a Health Savings Account, and vice versa.

Contribution amounts from the City into your Health Savings Accounts are as follows:

For All Employees except PDSS Union hired after 10/15/2013:
  • Single Person Lumenos  HDHP deductible is $2,000 and the City will contribute $1,500
  • 2 or more Person Lumenos HDHP deductible is $4,000 and the City will contribute $3,000
For PDSS Union hired after 10/15/2013:
  • Single Person Lumenos HDHP deductible is $2,000 and the City will contribute $1,300
  • 2 or more Person Lumenos HDHP deductible is $4,000 and the City will contribute $2,600

IMPORTANT: For New Employees: The City Contribution will be prorated based on the number of months in the plan year that you will be in the Lumenos High Deductible Health Plan; and the prorated amount will be funded into your HSA equally on a monthly basis for the remaining months of the first plan year of employment.

If you are enrolling in the Lumenos High Deductible Health Plan, you must open up a Health Savings Account. To do this, read, sign and date the applicable HSA employee verification letter listed below. Forward this form to HR Benefits. 

Opening Your Health Savings Account

The City's HSA account vendor is BenefitWallet. When you enroll in the Lumenos HDHP, your HSA account with BenefitWallet will be opened automatically. Once that occurs, you will receive a Welcome Kit from BenefitWallet. Follow the instructions in that kit to determine how to access your Health Savings Account. 

Please know that you may elect at any time to close your HSA account by contacting the HSA Custodian. However if you do elect to close your HSA account, the City will be unable to make the City Contributions.