Insurance And Health Savings Accounts
By Ajeet Khurana
Have you recently seen health insurance policies with health savings account tacked onto them? They are actually gaining in popularity and you will find that many of the big insurers offer these types of plans to their subscribers.
The accounts are commonly referred, as HSAs and they are basically saving accounts used for medical purposes only. Those who have a high deductible healthcare plan are eligible for an HAS.
When cash is deposited into this scheme it is not federally taxed but the cash within this may be used for any health related cost and federal income tax does not need to be paid on the money.
If the money is withdrawn for other purposes that are not medically related then there are penalties that will be applicable on it. These penalties are similar to those that are applied to an IRA should the deposits be taken out earlier than retirement.
If you have an HAS then you are more likely to take advantage of this scheme for your healthcare costs irrespective of whether they are current or future costs. That is because the money deposited into this scheme is not federally taxed and you would rather save the money than have to have it taxed by the government.
There are certainly two sides to the insurance plans that offer these accounts and some people are very supportive of them while others are not at all.
Regardless of which side you are on the majority of big health care providers offer the option of a high deductible policy with the account attached.
Some people look at it as a great opportunity to deposit the amount of money they would typically spend on a monthly policy right into their health savings account.
This is a good idea for those who are very healthy and are unlikely to get ill anytime soon, but it doesn't work very well for those who are already sick or those at high risk of sickness.
The level of happiness with the account is pretty much up in the air at the moment, too. They have only been around since 2003, so there have not been any lengthy studies on them and whether or not they increase an individual's' health care options or make them worse.
It is certainly worth considering, however, for people who are in good health that won't need major healthcare in the next couple years and who can easily save to take advantage of the tax benefits on health savings accounts.
These are the basics of health savings accounts and insurance policies. For the moment you will only be eligible for an HAS if you have a high deductible insurance policy, but that may not always be the case.
Only time will tell how things will work out for the health savings account. But, there will surely be some changes during the meantime as well to ensure the system is working as smoothly as possible and that people are getting the biggest benefit.
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