Monday, November 12, 2007

HSAs Gain Popularity In Colorado

The November 6, 2007 Rocky Mountain News reports that Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are gaining popularity in Colorado:
Some 15 percent of Colorado employers offer, or plan to offer, a health-savings account - or HSA - for next year's health care plans, more than twice as many as last year, said the Mountain States Employers Council. Nationwide, about 20 percent of companies plan to offer HSAs, according to Hewitt Associates.

"This is a way of passing more of the cost to employees, but it also allows the employee to have more control over their destiny," said John Martie, president and general manager of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Colorado.

HSAs, introduced by federal legislation in 2004, are like a 401(k) for health care. They allow employees to save for medical expenses with pretax dollars, and they're portable. The excess rolls over year after year, and employees take it with them to a new job or if they retire.
Some good news about Colorado health care!