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High Deductible Health Plan Calculator

If you're considering introducing a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) to your employees, this tool can help you estimate the cost of such a program — as well as its value to your staff and to your business. Use this calculator to learn more about the cost and benefits of an HDHP with a Health Savings Account (HSA), designed to protect the health of your valued workforce.

 

Definitions

Number of single coverage employees
This is the number of single coverage employees you have that would participate in the High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).

Number of married coverage employees
This is the number of married employees you have that would participate in the High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).

HDHP deductible amount
Enter your deductible for your High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) single person coverage and for married couple coverage. In 2014, for a HDHP, the minimum deductible amount is $1,250 for self-only coverage and $2,500 for family coverage.

HDHP premium amount
This is the monthly premium you pay, per employee, for your High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP). Enter for both single person coverage and for married couple coverage.

Normal premium amount
This is the monthly premium you pay, per employee, for your traditional health insurance. Enter for both single person coverage and for married couple coverage.

Average employer contribution
Enter the percent of the employee's deductible that the employer will be contributing to their Health Savings Account (HSA).

Average employee contribution
Enter the percent of the employee's deductible that the employee will be contributing to their Health Savings Account (HSA).

FUTA & State unemployment tax rate
Enter your state unemployment tax rate. State unemployment taxes (SUTA) are generally not collected on health insurance premiums or HSA contributions, provided those premiums or contributions are either paid directly by an employer to an eligible accident and health plan, or paid by an employee on a pre-income tax basis under a 'salary reduction' plan (also known as a 'Section 125 plan' or 'cafeteria plan'). However, since rules may vary by state you should verify the SUTA treatment of HSA contributions in the state(s) you operate in. State unemployment tax will apply to HSA contributions made by an employee through a cafeteria plan on an after-income tax basis. Note that if your employees will earn more than the state's unemployment tax wage base the SUTA tax benefit will not affect the calculation.

This calculator assumes that all employees earn enough that the FUTA tax benefit does not impact our calculation. This would assume that all employees earn more the $7,000 plus the cost of the HDHP premium plus the total contribution to the HSA made by the employee.

FICA and Medicare tax payments
FICA and Medicare are not collected on any health insurance premiums paid by the employer or contributions to an HSA as long as those contributions are paid on a pre-income tax basis from an employee's paycheck. To allow your employees to make pre-income tax contributions you will need a 'salary reduction' plan (also known as a 'Section 125 plan' or 'cafeteria plan'). This calculator assumes that all employees are under the maximum FICA tax payment limits. For 2012, FICA OASDI would not be collected on income over $110,100 earned by an individual employee. If their income exceeded $110,100 the FICA tax savings would be limited or zero. Since Medicare tax payments have no income limit, this assumption would not affect tax savings for Medicare.

Income tax rate for business expenses
Enter your marginal income tax rate for your business. You are able to deduct the cost of any health insurance premiums and employer contributions from your business income taxes. We use your marginal income tax rate to calculate the total income tax savings produced by these deductions to your taxable income.

Information and interactive calculators are made available to you as self-help tools for your independent use and are not intended to provide investment advice. We cannot and do not guarantee their applicability or accuracy in regards to your individual circumstances. All examples are hypothetical and are for illustrative purposes. We encourage you to seek personalized advice from qualified professionals regarding all personal finance issues.

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