HSAs work in combination with a "qualified" High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP). AURA's Consumer Driven Health Plan is a qualified HDHP. The HSA allows you to contribute funds on a pre-tax or tax-deductible basis, which you may use to pay for eligible medical expenses.
An adult child must still be considered a tax dependent in order for their medical expenses to qualify for payment or reimbursement from a parent’s HSA. This means that an employee whose 24-year-old child is covered on their HSA-qualified health plan is not eligible to use HSA funds to pay that child's medical bills unless the child qualifies as a tax dependent. An adult child may be eligible to set up their own HSA as long as they are covered by a CDHP up to the full family HSA amount into their HSA account.
Before an employee elects to participate in an FSA or HSA he or she should be aware that while participation in these plans reduces the employee’s taxable income, it may also reduce other benefits. Benefits that are calculated using the employee’s income (for example, social security or retirement benefits) will in turn be reduced. Because FSA and HSA contributions reduce your taxable income, you save money in FICA taxes, as well as federal (and, in some cases, state) income taxes. However, FSA and HSA contributions also lower the earnings that are reported to the Social Security Administration for purposes of calculating your Social Security benefit. Therefore, your future Social Security benefits may be slightly reduced if you participate in an FSA or HSA.