It’s no secret users of health savings accounts are, for the most part, cost-conscious. Research shows users tend to manage their money and health care behaviors more wisely, while keeping costs front-of-mind.
So it makes sense that, according to a new survey, HSA members are worried that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will increase their costs and move them away the forefront of their own health care.
Almost half of HSA account holders (46 percent) think PPACA will increase the overall cost of health insurance, while just 14 percent think it will decrease costs and 12 percent feel it will have no impact, a survey of 23,000 HSA members from Buck Consultants found.
Similarly, 46 percent believe their personal out-of-pocket medical costs will rise because of the law, while 13 percent believe it will cut their costs and 13 percent don’t think it will have an impact.
“HSA members’ concern about ACA-driven cost increases aligns with their heightened consumerism, since the top eight out of 11 actions that occurred after enrolling in an HSA involved saving, monitoring costs and shopping wisely,” said Ruth Hunt, a principal and health engagement leader for Buck Consultants. “HSA owners may fear the unknowns that could be out of their control versus their experience with HSAs.”
Buck Consultants found that 42 percent of respondents said they remain undecided as to whether they will obtain health insurance on exchanges, while 35 percent of respondents are unlikely to do so, and 23 percent likely will.