Health Savings Accounts - US - June 2012
With healthcare costs continuing to rise, both employers and employees are constantly looking for ways to control them. Consumer Driven Health Plans (CDHPs), of which Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are one type, are becoming an increasingly popular way to do just that. Paired by law with High Deductible Health Plans, HSAs offer participants an option to put tax-free money away in an account specifically earmarked for healthcare.
Where HSAs offer an additional advantage over other CDHPs, however, is that whatever money is put into the account can be saved from year to year, and even used as retirement savings. The increasing need for consumer-driven health insurance is making banks, insurance companies, financial advisors and employers look at the market differently, and is changing the way they position themselves to consumers. In addition, new healthcare provisions scheduled to go into effect in 2014 will open up opportunities for these firms.
What you need to know:
- How is the increasing cost of healthcare affecting the popularity of HSAs?
- How much did and will the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act affect the HSA market?
- How is the new consumer-driven perspective on health plan consumption changing the way companies position themselves?
- Where is the potential for growth in the HSA industry?
- What HSA features are most important to HSA participants, as well as to people who could be HSA participants but have chosen not to be?
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