2025 Health Plan Cost-Sharing Limits: Key Updates

Last modified on June 11th, 2024

As we approach 2025, staying informed about changes in health plan cost-sharing requirements, including Health Savings Account (HSA) plans, is crucial. Recent updates provide important details that affect both individual policies and group health plans. Here’s what you need to know to stay ahead:

What Are Cost-Sharing Limits?

Cost-sharing limits are the maximum amounts you have to pay out-of-pocket for healthcare services within a plan year. These limits include deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance but do not count premiums. Understanding these limits is essential because they protect you from excessive medical costs. When you reach your plan’s cost-sharing limit, the insurance company covers 100% of your covered healthcare expenses for the rest of the year.

Key Cost-Sharing Requirements for 2025 Compared to 2024

Now that we understand what cost-sharing limits are let’s dive into the specific changes for 2025. 

Lower Out-of-Pocket Limits for Individuals and Families

The first significant update for 2025 involves a reduction in the maximum annual cost-sharing limits. For 2025, the maximum annual limitation on cost sharing that a group health plan can impose is $9,200 for individual coverage and $18,400 for family coverage. This represents a decrease of 2.6% from 2024, where the limits were $9,450 and $18,900. This decrease means slightly lower out-of-pocket expenses for individuals and families, making healthcare more affordable.

Increased HSA Contribution Limits

Next, let’s look at the changes to Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution limits. For 2025, the contribution limit for individual coverage will increase by $150, bringing it to $4,300. For family coverage, which includes at least one other covered individual, the limit will increase by $250, reaching $8,550. These higher limits allow individuals and families to save more pre-tax dollars in their HSAs, providing a greater cushion against medical expenses and helping to manage out-of-pocket costs more effectively.

Adjustments to HDHP Parameters

Lastly, let’s examine the adjustments to High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP). For 2025, the minimum deductible for individual coverage will increase by $50, bringing it to $1,650, while for family coverage, it will rise by $100, reaching $3,300. Additionally, the maximum out-of-pocket limit for individual coverage will see an increase of $250, setting it at $8,300, and for family coverage, this limit will go up by $500, totaling $16,600. These adjustments ensure that HDHPs continue to meet the requirements necessary for HSA compatibility while reflecting inflation and rising healthcare costs, thus maintaining their role as a viable option for managing health expenses.

Understanding these changes in cost-sharing limitations is vital for compliance and optimizing health plan benefits. For specific questions or additional guidance on how these changes may affect your plan, consult with your legal counsel or reach out to an AHiX account executive.

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