Members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield health savings account programs seem to like the programs.
Executives from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Chicago, gave that assessment today at a consumer-driven health care conference in Washington.
The executives presented results from a survey of 3,000 Blues plan members in HSA programs, other types of account-based health plans, and traditional health plans.
The Blues now serve 1.2 million HSA holders, up from 620,000 in 2005, and about 57% of the enrollees who are eligible to open HSAs have done so, the executives report.
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About 85% of enrollees who have HSAs and 85% of traditional plan enrollees say their plans have met their expectations in the area of control of health care expenditures, the Blues report.
HSA programs say they try to equip consumers with information that can help them become better health care shoppers.