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Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
Health Savings Accounts are savings accounts that allow individuals to pay for qualified out-of-pocket medical expenses using pre-tax dollars.
Unlike more traditional health care accounts, the funds in an HSA belong to the individual, not the employer or the insurance company, and travel with the individual. In order to take advantage of this tax deferred savings new benefit, individuals must purchase a specific type of health insurance coverage called a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP).
By moving to a high deductible health care plan, employers and employees will become more involved in their healthcare decision making. Employers also stand to save money as the premiums on high deductible plans are often much lower than more traditional health plans.
Additionally, properly structured HSA contributions are considered employer provided health coverage and excludable from your corporate gross income, not subject to withholding and other employment taxes.
HSAs are analogous to medical IRAs, providing employees with an account from which they can control their medical expenses.
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