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Health Savings Plan Webinar Recording

View the recording of the OE webinar on the Health Savings Plan and how it works with the Health Savings Account (HSA). You can also download the presentation (PDF, 2MB).


Health Savings Plan

About the Health Savings Plan (with an HSA)

The Health Savings Plan is a high-deductible PPO plan paired with a Health Savings Account (HSA). The PPO plan allows you to receive care from any of the physicians and hospitals within the plan’s network, as well as outside of the network for covered services.

If maintaining a relationship with your current doctor is important to you, the Health Savings Plan allows you to continue seeing your current doctor for most covered services, even if your doctor isn’t part of the plan’s provider network. Keep in mind that if your physician is not part of the plan’s PPO network, you will have to pay more for services.

Health Savings Account (HSA)

The HSA* is a tax-free savings account administered by HealthEquity that works with the Health Savings Plan and can be used to help you pay your insurance deductible and qualified out-of-pocket medical expenses. You can also save it and let it grow from year to year.

For the 2016 calendar year, the University of California will contribute the following amounts to your HSA: up to $500 per individual and up to $1,000 per family.

If you enroll in the Health Savings Plan anytime after January, your HSA will be prorated for the calendar year. As an employee, you can also contribute pretax dollars from your paycheck or make post-tax contributions directly to HealthEquity. You are responsible for monitoring the HSA contributions you make or receive to ensure they stay within the IRS limits.

Other advantages of the HSA include:

  • You can keep the HSA, including all the money you contribute, even if you don’t spend it, change jobs, retire, or leave the health plan.  
  • You never pay Federal taxes on withdrawals for qualified medical expenses.
  • Your money earns interest and you do not pay Federal taxes on the interest earned.
  • Once your HSA balance accrues more than $2,000, you can invest any dollar amount above $2,000 into a mutual fund associated with your HSA.

For more information on the HSA, go to

Post-deductible Health Reimbursement Account (PDHRA)

If you had a health reimbursement account (HRA) through the UC Anthem Lumenos PPO Plan in 2013, and you enrolled in the Health Savings Plan effective January 1, 2014, your unused HRA dollars were transferred to a post-deductible HRA (PDHRA) administered by HealthEquity‡. You can use the money in your PDHRA to pay for out-of-pocket expenses after the Health Savings Plan deductible has been satisfied. To learn more about the PDHRA and how it works, go to

Behavioral Health Benefits

To learn more about the Health Savings Plan behavioral health benefits, visit Behavioral Health Benefits.

Pharmacy Benefits

For information about your prescription drug coverage, visit Non-Medicare Pharmacy Benefits.

Care away from home

The BlueCard® Program gives Health Savings Plan members access to care across the United States and urgent and emergency services around the world. You are not required to use a BlueCard provider; however, it’s in your best interest to use a BlueCard provider to keep your costs down. You can locate a BlueCard provider at any time by calling (800) 810-BLUE or by going to Find a Provider.