IRS Releases 2022 HSA Contribution Limits & HDHP Deductible and Out-of-Pocket Limits


In Rev. Proc. 2021-25, the IRS released the inflation adjusted amounts for 2022 relevant to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs). The table below summarizes those adjustments and other applicable limits.

  2022 2021 Change

Annual HSA Contribution Limit

(employer and employee)


Self-only: $3,650 Family: $7,300 Self-only: $3,600 Family: $7,200 Self-only: +$50 Family: +$100

HSA catch-up contributions

(age 55 or older)


$1,000 $1,000 No change

Minimum Annual HDHP Deductible


Self-only: $1,400 Family: $2,800 Self-only: $1,400 Family: $2,800 No change

Maximum Out-of-Pocket for HDHP

(deductibles, co-payment & other amounts except premiums)


Self-only: $7,050 Family: $14,100 Self-only: $7,000 Family: $14,000 Self-only: +$50 Family: +$100


Out-of-Pocket Limits Applicable to Non-Grandfathered Plans
The ACA’s out-of-pocket limits for in-network essential health benefits have also been announced and have increased for 2022.

  2022 2021 Change

ACA Maximum Out-of-Pocket


Self-only: $8,700

Family: $17,400

Self-only: $8,550

Family: $17,100

Self-only: +$150

Family: +$300

Note that all non-grandfathered group health plans must contain an embedded individual out-of-pocket limit within family coverage if the family out-of-pocket limit is above $8,700 (2022 plan years) or $8,550 (2021 plan years). Exceptions to the ACA’s out-of-pocket limit rule are available for certain small group plans eligible for transition relief (referred to as “Grandmothered” plans). A one-year extension of transition relief was announced on January 19, extending the transition relief to policy years beginning on or before October 1, 2022, provided that all policies end by December 31, 2022. (This transition relief has been extended each year since the initial announcement on November 14, 2013.)

In its guidance, the DOL provided a non-exhaustive list of examples of a “reduction in hours” that would make an impacted employee eligible for premium assistance, including a reduction due to (1) change in a business’s hours or operation, (2) transition from full-time to part-time, (3) taking a temporary leave of absence, or (4) participating in a lawful labor strike. To qualify as a reduction in hours (as opposed to a termination of employment) the DOL specified that individuals must remain an employee at the time hours are reduced, including during any leave of absence.

Next Steps for Employers
As employers prepare for the 2022 plan year, they should keep in mind the following rules and ensure that any plan materials and participant communications reflect the new limits:

  • HSA-qualified family HDHPs cannot have an embedded individual deductible that is lower than the minimum family deductible of $2,800.
  • The out-of-pocket maximum for family coverage for an HSA-qualified HDHP cannot be higher than $14,100.
  • All non-grandfathered plans (whether HDHP or non-HDHP) must cap out-of-pocket spending at $8,700 for any covered person. A family plan with an out-of-pocket maximum in excess of $8,700 can satisfy this rule by embedding an individual out-of-pocket maximum in the plan that is no higher than $8,700. This means that for the 2022 plan year, an HDHP subject to the ACA out-of-pocket limit rules may have a $7,050 (self-only)/$14,100 (family) out-of-pocket limit (and be HSA-compliant) so long as there is an embedded individual out-of-pocket limit in the family tier no greater than $8,700 (so that it is also ACA-compliant).


This alert was prepared for Advanced Benefits by Stacy Barrow. Mr. Barrow is a nationally recognized expert on the Affordable Care Act. His firm, Marathas Barrow Weatherhead Lent LLP, is a premier employee benefits, executive compensation and employment law firm.
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