My husband has an HSA account with his HDHP. Can he pay for my medical bills with the HSA account if I am not on his HDHP?
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chadandmelina
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My husband has an HSA account with his HDHP. Can he pay for my medical bills with the HSA account if I am not on his HDHP?

I have read that an HSA account can be used to pay for dependent's medical expenses but it did not specify if the dependent had to be on the HDHP as well. I am with a health care sharing ministry.


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dmertz
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My husband has an HSA account with his HDHP. Can he pay for my medical bills with the HSA account if I am not on his HDHP?

Yes, distributions from your husband's HSA account used to pay your unreimbursed medical expenses are qualified medical expenses that make the distribution tax free.  As indicted in IRS Pub 969 (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p969.pdf), if you are the HSA owner (your husband is the HSA owner in this case), qualified medical expenses are those incurred by:

1. You (your huband) and your spouse (you).
2. All dependents you claim on your tax return.
3. Any person you could have claimed as a dependent on your return except that:
  a. The person filed a joint return,
  b. The person had gross income of $4,000 or more, or
  c. You, or your spouse if filing jointly, could be claimed as a dependent on someone else's 2015 return.

(Note that you are not your husband's dependent.  You are his spouse.)

filingSeparately
New Member

My husband has an HSA account with his HDHP. Can he pay for my medical bills with the HSA account if I am not on his HDHP?

Does the above original answer change if a couple files their taxes with a status of Married Filing Separately? What if she is on her husbands HDHP, but they file taxes as Married Filing Separately? Can her husbands HSA money be used for her unreimbursed  qualified medical expenses in that case?
dmertz
Level 15

My husband has an HSA account with his HDHP. Can he pay for my medical bills with the HSA account if I am not on his HDHP?

Filing status of the HSA owner or owner's spouse is irrelevant.  Money in husband's HSA can always be applied to qualified medical expenses of husband's spouse.
sherillab
New Member

My husband has an HSA account with his HDHP. Can he pay for my medical bills with the HSA account if I am not on his HDHP?

I have a question, can i still use my HSA funds even if I have new insurance under my husbands employer?

dmertz
Level 15

My husband has an HSA account with his HDHP. Can he pay for my medical bills with the HSA account if I am not on his HDHP?

Yes.  Having different insurance only affects your eligibility to contribute to the HSA.  It does not change your ability to use distributions from the HSA to cover qualified, unreimbursed medical expenses.
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