Adding a Health Savings Account option is a no-brainer for employers that offer or who are considering offering a High-deductible option (QHDHP). An HSA in the hands of more medical consumers has been shown to lower per capital costs and unnecessary utilization. It is an empowering tool that everyone should be able to have.
By Cyril Tuohy, InsuranceNewsNet
JULY 13, 2014 – Financial advisors scheduling appointments for midyear check ups with clients might want to have them consider a health savings account (HSA) over the health reimbursement arrangement (HRA).
HSAs, which are offered only to people with high deductible health plans (HDHPs), are more likely to influence employees to engage in cost-conscious behaviors related to the consumption of health care services, according to new research from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).
“The data show that those with an HSA were more likely to respond to health pricing than were those with an HRA,” said Paul Fronstin, director of EBRI’s Health Research and Education Program.