Benefits to help you save for health expenses.
Health Savings Account (HSA)
Those enrolled in a High Deductible Medical Plan have the option to make tax-free contributions to a HSA through payroll deductions. The money can be used for medical expenses such as the cost of doctor’s visits, eyeglasses, fillings, and contacts - to name a few. Your HSA is controlled and owned by you. The money in your HSA is your money; it rolls over from year-to-year, and you take the money with you if you leave Northwest. You are responsible for reporting your HSA contributions and distributions to the IRS on your tax return.
HSAs provide triple tax benefits:
- Tax-free contributions
- Interest accumulates tax-free
- Distributions for qualified medical expenses are tax-free
For full-time employees, Northwest contributes to HSAs on a bi-weekly basis, provided the appropriate documentation is received by Human Resources.
Northwest’s Contributions for full-time employees (based on level of medical of coverage):
Northwest contributes to your HSA on a bi-weekly basis, provided the appropriate documentation is received by Human Resources.
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
Full-time employees have the option to contribute to a Medical Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Dependent Care Reimbursement Account, and Commuter’s Expense Reimbursement Account. These accounts offer an opportunity to save money by allowing you to pay for out-of-pocket health care, dependent care expenses, and commuter expenses with tax-free dollars.
Employees can contribute up to:
- $3,050 for medical expenses with a Medical FSA*
- $5,000 for eligible childcare costs with Dependent Care Reimbursement
- $3,600 for commuter costs with Commuter’s Expense Reimbursement Accounts
*Any unused monies in FSA accounts at the end of the year will forfeit.
Per IRS regulations, you may not contribute to an HSA and Medical FSA at the same time.
This communication provides information about certain Northwest benefits. Receipt of this information does not automatically entitle you to benefits offered by Northwest. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this communication. However, if there are discrepancies between this communication and the official plan documents, the plan documents will always govern. Northwest retains the discretion to interpret the terms or language used in any of its communications according to the provisions contained in the plan documents. Northwest also reserves the right to amend or terminate any benefit plan in its sole discretion at any time for any reason.