Benefits administered by multiple vendors

Even if benefits are administered by separate vendors, the in-network OOP expenses for EHBs covered under the same health plan must accumulate to a single OOP maximum. However, if dental and vision are considered excepted benefits, their related expenses do not accumulate with medical expenses toward the OOP limits (see below for more details).

MH/SA Parity and OOP maximums
  • Plans subject to MH/SA Parity cannot have separate annual deductibles and OOP limits from medical benefits. The costs must accumulate to a single OOP maximum.
  • If not subject to Parity, non-grandfathered plans must either:
    1. Keep the OOP limits separate and ensure the annual total of all OOP expenses does not exceed the allowed maximum, or
    2. Combine the out-of-pocket maximums
  • Grandfathered plans are not required to cover MH/SA services. However, if they do cover them, plans cannot apply annual or lifetime dollar limits because the services are considered EHBs.
Out-of-pocket considerations for Health Savings Account (HSA) plans

In addition to following PPACA maximum OOP limits, HSA-compatible high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) need to follow additional Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules. HSA plans have minimum deductible and maximum OOP limits.


  2017 2018
HDHP Minimum Deductibles $1,300 for individual
$2,600 for family
$1,350 for individual
$2,700 for family
HDHP OOP Maximums $6,550 for individual
$13,100 for family
$6,650 for individual
$13,300 for family


There are also special considerations for HSA-compatible HDHPs as it relates to the embedded individual OOP. Learn more here.

Excepted Benefits

Excepted benefits are not subject to PPACA requirements such as the expense limitations of OOP maximums. To determine whether dental or vision benefits are excepted benefits, read our FAQ here.