The takeaway

The health savings account (HSA) is a tax-advantaged account for qualified medical expenses like your deductible and copays/coinsurance.

You can only participate in this account if you are enrolled in an HSA-compatible medical plan like the Kaiser HDHP + HSA or the Blue Shield HDHP + HSA.

Learn all the ins-and-outs of a health savings account and how it can benefit you.

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Okta contributes money to your HSA

Okta boosts your HSA balance each year by contributing up to $780 if you choose employee-only medical coverage, or up to $1,518 if you enroll yourself and your family members.

Okta’s contributions are done in monthly installments around the 15th of every month:      

  • $65/month for employee only coverage 
  • $126.50/month for family coverage

Okta’s contributions are tax-free on the federal level and most state levels (except in California and New Jersey).

Contribute your own money, too

You can make your own pretax contributions via payroll deduction but you cannot exceed the IRS limits, which also includes the employer contribution. For 2022 the IRS limits are:

  • Employee-only coverage: Contribute up to $3,650
  • Family coverage: Contribute up to $7,300

You can also make an additional $1,000 catch-up contribution if you are age 55 or older and not enrolled in Medicare.

Should I choose an HDHP + HSA plan? When you consider Okta’s HSA contribution, your lower paycheck costs, and 100% in-network coverage after you meet the deductible, these features may balance out the higher deductible of these plans.

Eligible expenses

The IRS decides on the types of expenses that qualify for payment from your HSA. Here’s a brief list:

  • Doctor office visits
  • Prescriptions
  • Chiropractic and acupuncture services
  • Hearing aids
  • Vision care—including contact lenses, LASIK, and prescription sunglasses
  • Dental care—including braces, Invisalign, and implants

Also, if you’re enrolling your domestic partner or his/her children, talk with your tax advisor about whether or not you can use your HSA to reimburse their expenses.

Invest your HSA balance

Once your balance hits $2,000, you can invest your HSA in one of the many investment options offered by Optum Bank, Okta’s HSA administrator.

Your investment earnings grow tax-free, making the HSA a triple tax advantage for you.

For more information about saving and investing your HSA funds, contact Optum Bank at 866-234-8913, or email

Spend or save? You choose

Whether you want to pay your annual deductible or pay copays and coinsurance, you decide when to use your HSA funds.

On the one hand, the reason you have an HSA is so you have a resource for paying your eligible medical expenses. On the other hand, you may decide to leave your HSA alone now so it can grow and be there for you later, when you might need it for something special, for example to pay for LASIK eye surgery.

Your HSA money is yours to keep

The HSA has no “use it or lose it” rule like its cousin, the flexible spending account. Your HSA balance rolls over each year and can keep growing.

Also, it’s completely portable, so you can take it with you if you leave Okta or change medical plans.

Setting up your HSA

Once you enroll for benefits via Workday for either the Kaiser HDHP + HSA or the Blue Shield HDHP + HSA, your information is sent to Optum Bank to open a health savings account (HSA) for you the first of the month following your enrollment date.

Once your account is open, you can register for access at Optum Bank and reference the following HSA Group IDs:

  • Kaiser HDHP + HSA: 603971
  • Blue Shield HDHP + HSA: 906656

During the Workday enrollment process, you decide how much you want to contribute for the year, up to the annual IRS limit.

Your total HSA contributions—that is, what you contribute plus what Okta contributes—may not exceed the annual IRS limits. In 2022, these limits are $3,650 if you have employee-only coverage and $7,300 if you have family coverage. The 2022 HSA limits include Okta’s employer contribution (up to $780 for employee only coverage and up to $1,518 for family coverage).

You contribute to your HSA through pretax payroll deductions.

After you’re set up, you can change your contribution amount at any time via Workday, not to exceed the IRS limits and not below the amount that you have already contributed year to date.

Using your HSA funds

When you go to the doctor or have physical therapy or fill a prescription or incur any other qualified medical expense, you can use your HSA to pay it. You get to make this decision each time you have a qualified medical expense.

Get a list of qualified expenses through Optum Bank’s website.

After you set up your account, you’ll receive a debit card, which you can use at your doctor’s office, pharmacy, hospital, or any other healthcare facility that accepts Mastercard.

You can also access your account anywhere, anytime through Optum Bank’s website. Use it to pay bills, reimburse yourself, upload receipts, check your account balance, and manage your investments.

Also, take advantage of Optum’s app, available through the App Store or Google Play.