Annu­al cost shar­ing lim­it – expect car­ri­ers to raise the lim­it on how much a patient would be required to pay – the new max­i­mum allowed has been raised from $7,150 in 2017 to $7,350 and now a very high $7,900 for the new cal­en­dar year 2019.  For a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) which is the under­ly­ing require­ment for set­ting up a Health Sav­ings Account, how­ev­er, the num­ber is “only” $6,750.

The max­i­mum HSA con­tri­bu­tion allowed has been raised from $3,450 (sin­gle) and $6,900 (fam­i­ly) in 2017 to $3,500 and $7,000 respectively.

The penal­ty for not offer­ing cov­er­age to 95% of employ­ees is now $2,500

The penal­ty for not offer­ing afford­able cov­er­age to employ­ees is $3,750

The afford­abil­i­ty thresh­old is raised from 9.56% to 9.86% of W‑2 wages for test­ing purposes