Having an HSA can be quiet beneficial but there are some valuable tips on using HSA funds at age 65.
An HSA works like a savings account into which you deposit money on a tax-deductible basis for medical expenses. HSAs enable you to pay for current health expenses and save for future qualified medical and retiree health expenses on a tax-free basis. Once you reach 65, you can start using your HSA funds to pay for Medicare and other health care coverage.
At this time, you can continue to take tax-free distributions from your HSA for qualified medical expenses.
Nonqualified distributions will be taxable, but not subject to the 20% penalty. Once you enroll in Medicare, you can receive distributions to pay Medicare premiums, deductibles, co-pays and coinsurance under any part of Medicare, but you are no longer eligible to make contributions to your HSA.
If you have retiree health benefits through your former employer, you can also use your account to pay for your share of retiree medical insurance premiums. However, you cannot use your account to purchase Medicare supplemental insurance, such as a Medigap policy.
This topic can get tricky, so if you have any concerns, please give me a call so I can answer your questions.