NU Online News Service, Aug. 12, 2004, 3:50 p.m. EDT
More than 7 out of 10 Americans with private health insurance have a favorable opinion of healthcare savings accounts, a new study finds.
The study by America’s Health Insurance Plans, Washington, found the positive reaction cut across political and ideological lines.
HSAs were created by the Congress last year as a part of the Medicare Modernization Act. They combine individual savings accounts with traditional major medical insurance, allowing individuals to use tax-free funds to pay medical bills and save for future health care costs.
“Although HSAs are still in the earliest stages of development, many consumers clearly indicate this new approach offers new opportunities that they will closely consider,” says AHIP president and chief executive Karen Ignagni.