What you need to know
Health savings and flexible spending accounts allow you to set aside pretax money to help pay for eligible health care expenses. Find out more about your savings and spending account options in this section.
An overview of your options
The Health Savings Account (HSA)
- An HSA is offered only with the HSA Standard and HSA Select plans.
- You can use your HSA funds to pay for eligible medical, dental, and vision expenses now, or save and invest for those expenses in the future, even in retirement.
- HSA funds are only available as the funds are deposited into your account.
- There's no use-it-or-lose-it rule for the HSA, like there is for FSAs.
Are you eligible to contribute to an HSA?
It’s easier to think about who is NOT eligible to contribute.
- Will you be covered by Medicare or TRICARE?
- Will you be covered by another non-high-deductible plan (that is, a plan with a deductible less than $1,400 for individuals and $2,800 for families, based on 2022 limits)?
- Will you receive reimbursements for medical expenses from someone else’s general purpose Flexible Spending Account?
- Will you be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return?
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions regarding next year, you will not be eligible to contribute to an HSA through a BAE Systems medical plan. Because you are not eligible to contribute to an HSA, you will not receive the BAE Systems HSA employer contribution. However, you are eligible to enroll in a Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA). This means you will be able to use your FSA funds for qualified expenses such as medical, dental, vision, and prescriptions.
The Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
- You can enroll in a Health Care FSA if you are enrolled in the Network Choice or Copay plan.
- You can use your Health Care FSA to pay for eligible medical, dental, and vision expenses during a calendar year.
- You have full access to your FSA contributions on January 1 of the plan year.
- Eligible costs must be incurred by year end, or the funds are forfeited.
- A special note: If you are enrolled in one of the HSA plans and are not eligible to contribute to an HSA, you can enroll in a Health Care FSA.
A Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
- You can contribute to a Limited Purpose FSA if you are enrolled in the HSA Standard or HSA Select plan.
- You can only use a Limited Purpose FSA to help you pay for eligible dental and vision expenses only.
- Consider using a Limited Purpose FSA in conjunction with an HSA if you wish to preserve your HSA funds for medical expenses or as a savings account for health care expenses during retirement.
- You have full access to your Limited Purpose FSA contributions on January 1 of the plan year.
- Eligible dental or vision costs must be incurred by year end, or the funds are forfeited.
Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
- Important! None of our new medical plans will offer a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) option.
- Beginning January 1, 2022, as long as you are enrolled in a BAE Systems Cigna medical plan, you can use any remaining HRA funds for reimbursement of eligible dental and vision expenses.
- You will have two years to use your remaining HRA funds, so eligible expenses must be incurred by December 31, 2023.
- If you leave BAE Systems, you forfeit any unused funds in your account.
Looking for more details on your health care savings and spending account options?
View a comparison chart to see how the HSA, Health Care FSA, and Limited Purpose FSA compare.
Make the most of an HSA
A Health Savings Account (HSA) is available with the HSA Standard and HSA Select options, which are high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). However, don’t let the words “high deductible” intimidate you. While HSA plans have higher deductibles and out-of-pocket limits, they may result in lower total costs for you. Remember, preventive care services are covered 100% by all our plans, and beginning in 2022, BAE Systems will contribute to your HSA.
If you enroll in the HSA Standard or HSA Select options, here’s how the math needs to work:
Your contribution + BAE Systems contribution ≤ IRS maximum limit
|2022 contributions||Individual coverage||Family coverage|
|Your 2022 maximum contribution||Under age 55: $2,900
Age 55+: $3,900
|Under age 55: $5,800
Age 55+: $6,800
|New! BAE Systems contribution||$750||$1,500|
|2022 IRS maximum (this includes BAE Systems contribution)||Under age 55: $3,650
Age 55+: $4,650
|Under age 55: $7,300
Age 55+: $8,300
HSA contributions and earnings are not subject to federal taxes; however, a few states treat the contributions as taxable income. Those employees residing in California and New Jersey will have applicable state taxes withheld from their contributions each pay period.
Note: If you are married and your spouse is also enrolled in an HSA, your combined HSA contributions may not exceed IRS limits.
Five ways you can benefit from an HSA
- NEW! BAE Systems will contribute to your HSA, even if you don’t. If you enroll in HSA Standard or HSA Select, and you are eligible to contribute to an HSA, BAE Systems will contribute to your HSA in 2022. The contributions are $750 if you have individual medical coverage, or $1,500 if you have coverage for you and any dependents. The funds will be deposited to your HSA in January. No action is required to receive this funding, and an HSA account will be opened for you if you don’t already have one.
- It’s a tax-savings trifecta! With an HSA, you save on taxes three ways:
- The money you contribute to your HSA is made on a pretax basis, before federal and state1 taxes are calculated. For 2022, the maximum amount you can contribute to your HSA according to IRS limits is $2,900 for individual coverage or $5,800 for family coverage (in addition to the company contributions outlined above). Keep in mind that you can change your HSA contribution amounts throughout the year as long as you don’t exceed the annual limits.
- Your account can grow tax-free.
- You don’t pay taxes on the money you take out to pay for qualified health care expenses.
- Your HSA belongs to you – always. Your account balance is yours to keep and use. It remains yours even if you leave BAE Systems, and there’s no use-it-or-lose-it rule like the one with FSAs. As a result, you can use the HSA to save for future health expenses, including those in retirement.
- Catch up on savings! If you are age 55 or older, you can save even more in your HSA. The IRS allows you to contribute an additional $1,000 to your account in 2022.
- Once your account balance reaches $1,000, you can invest your money in a variety of investment options to help your savings grow.
1 In California and New Jersey, HSA contributions are subject to state tax.
No change to IRS Flexible Spending Account (FSA) contribution limits
Contribute up to $2,750 in 2022 – the same as the 2021 limit. Plan carefully, as this is a use-it-or-lose-it account, and restrictions may apply depending on your medical plan. You must spend your FSA dollars by December 31, 2022, and you will have until April 30, 2023, to submit your 2022 claims for reimbursement.
Carefully consider the care you and your family will need next year. If it makes sense for you, contribute up to $5,000 to your Dependent Care FSA ($2,500 if your spouse or domestic partner contributes to one as well).
Last call for wellness incentives
Because of significantly reduced usage of the Wellness Incentive Program in recent years, this program will end on December 31, 2021. If you’ve been planning to earn wellness incentives in 2021, take action as soon as possible, because the program will begin to transition in November.
While you may continue to earn 2021 wellness incentives through the end of the year, only incentives submitted and processed by Cigna through November 30, 2021, can be deposited in the standard way to either your Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) or Health Savings Account (HSA). Some incentives take more time to earn and process than others, so the earlier you complete and submit your wellness incentives the better.
Any incentives earned or processed by Cigna in December will be paid directly to you through payroll and be reduced by applicable taxes. These payroll payouts will be made in March 2022, as long as you are still a BAE Systems employee.
Look for more details to come from Cigna.
What’s happening with Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs)?
Beginning next year, none of our new medical plans will offer an HRA option. Employees who currently have access to an HRA may continue to submit any eligible medical and prescription drug expenses incurred in 2021 for reimbursement from your HRA as long as the expense is submitted within one year of the date it was incurred. After December 31, 2021, any HRA balances will remain available to you for two years (through December 31, 2023), as long as you and your covered dependents are enrolled in a BAE Systems Cigna medical plan. During that time, your HRA funds may only be used for reimbursement of eligible dental and vision expenses incurred between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2023.
During the two-year sunset period, Cigna will manage the HRA reimbursement process for these eligible dental and vision expenses. The deadline to submit receipts for expenses incurred in 2023 will be March 31, 2024. After this date, any remaining HRA funds are forfeited.
We are making you aware of these upcoming changes now so you can take advantage of the wellness incentives you’ve earned in your HRA. Further details will be provided later this year.