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The HDHP (High Deductible Health Plan) Option comes with a health savings account (HSA). An HSA is a savings account that you can only use for qualified health care expenses. If you are not eligible for an HSA, let us know and a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) will be set up for you. The funds in your HSA belong to you. You keep them year after year, watch them grow, and take them with you when you change jobs or retire. There's no “use it or lose it” restriction. And eligible contributions to your HSA are tax-free.

It's important to know that with an HSA, your health incentive account (HIA) funds can only be used after you meet your deductible. It's your choice whether you use money in your HSA to pay for medical costs before reaching that point. You pay all medical expenses until you reach your deductible. Once your deductible is met, your available HIA funds are automatically applied to out-of-pocket expenses. If you do not have HIA funds to use, you may use your HSA funds for out-of-pocket expenses, if available.

With the HDHP Option PPO, you have:

Annual deductible
Self Only $2000
Self Plus One, Self Plus Family $4000
Cost share after deductible
Coinsurance, which member pays 15%
Preventive care Member pays nothing
Provider services
PCP office visit 15% after the deductible is met
Specialist office visit 15% after the deductible is met
Virtual urgent care visit 15% after the deductible is met
Urgent care visit 15% after the deductible is met
Emergency room visit 15% after the deductible is met
Prescription drug copayments
Generic retail copayment – 30 days $20 after the deductible is met
Preferred brand retail copayment – 30 days $50 after the deductible is met
Non-Preferred brand retail copayment – 30 days $100 after the deductible is met
Specialty prescription drug copayment – 30 days 50% of the discounted cost of the drug up to a maximum of $250, after the deductible is met
Safe Harbor preventive medications – 30 days $20, deductible does not apply

Please note that with the HDHP Option PPO, all prescriptions that are received out-of-network are not covered by UPMC Health Plan.

Subscribers can earn up to $250 in their health incentive account every plan year, while enrolled employees and spouses can earn up to $500. The reward dollars you earn carry over from year to year. You can use these reward dollars to pay for pharmacy copayments and coinsurance once your plan deductible is met. And remember, all qualified medical expenses can be paid using your tax-free dollars from your HSA.

High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) Summary of Coverage and Benefits

Reasons to Choose the High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) Option

2022 Safe Harbor Drug List

Plan Cost Scenario – HDHP Option PPO (Self Only)

Let's look at how you can use your health savings account (HSA) and health incentive account (HIA) to help pay for medical expenses during your plan year. For this example, let's assume you've chosen the Self Only option.

Your deductible is $2,000. You and your employer contribute $900 to your HSA, and there's $250 in your health incentive account after you completed several healthy activities. Then you have a medically necessary procedure that costs $2,250. You can use the $900 in your HSA to help pay for this expense, then pay the next $1,100 out-of-pocket. This gets you to your $2,000 deductible, and the final $250 can come from your HIA.

With the HDHP Option PPO, prescription drug expenses are subject to the deductible. This means you will pay the full discounted rate for your prescriptions until you have met the deductible. In this example, your HSA funds will help pay these expenses. After the deductible is met, only copayments apply to prescriptions.

If you use up your health incentive account funds, you are only responsible for copayments and 15 percent coinsurance until you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which is the most you'll have to pay in one plan year. At that point your coverage pays 100 percent of your eligible medical expenses, including prescriptions.



It is important to know that when you enroll in this plan, services are provided through UPMC Health Plan's participating providers as described in UPMC Health Plan's federal brochure — but the continued participation of any one doctor, hospital, or other provider cannot be guaranteed.

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