If you choose the CDHP/HSA or Local CDHP/HSA, you will automatically receive a welcome letter from Optum Bank. In order to open your health savings account (HSA), Optum Bank has to confirm your full name, address, birth date and social security number. This is required under Section 326 of the USA PATRIOT ACT. You may have heard of it as the Customer identification Process (CIP). Be sure to use the most accurate and current information when you enroll in your benefits. For example, use your legal name, not a nickname. Also, Optum Bank will need your street address, not a P.O. Box. Once your identity is confirmed, you will receive a debit card from Optum Bank and can set up your account online or on your mobile app. If your information does not pass the CIP, Optum Bank will send you a letter requesting documentation needed to confirm your identity or address. They will send up to three letters to you and if you never respond, the HSA will be closed and any funds contributed by your employer will be returned to your employer.
State and higher education employees: The state’s contribution of $250 (single coverage) or $500 (family coverage) will be deposited into your HSA once it is set up if your coverage effective date is on or before September 1.
If you stay enrolled in the Consumer-driven health plan (CDHP) into 2021 then you will receive the state contribution to your HSA in early January 2022. Additionally, anyone whose coverage level changes from single to family on or after September 2 through December 31 of the plan year will not be provided with an additional $250 in seed funds.