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Updated 03/12/2020


AV: Actuarial Value
HHS: Health and Human Services
HRA: Health Reimbursement Arrangement
HSA: Health Savings Account

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes. In the small group market, actuarial value is determined by the amount of annual employer contributions to an HSA and amounts newly-made available through an integrated HRA that can only be used for cost sharing. 45 CFR 156.135(c). The HHS actuarial value calculator treats these HSA or HRA contributions as first-dollar coverage, effectively reducing the deductible dollar-for-dollar in the actuarial value determination. For example, a $1,000 deductible paired with a $1,000 HSA contribution is treated as a $0 deductible in the AV calculator. In order to make HSA- and HRA-compatible designs available in the small group market, issuers include a specific HSA or HRA employer contribution amount in their plan filings. If an employer contributes more or less than the amount specified in the plan design (or contributes any amount in combination with a plan that does not designate an HSA or HRA contribution) then the plan is no longer compatible with the AV requirement, and an issuer may refuse to sell the plan to the employer.

  • Yes, at the issuer's option. In order to maintain integrity of the filed plan designs approved by DIFS, issuers may require customers to provide assurances that the employer's contributions to the HSA or HRA are equal to the amount used to calculate the plan's actuarial value.