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Guardian Survey Reveals Widespread Lack of Understanding of Health Savings Accounts
Date:6/3/2009

difficult financial choices regarding their healthcare offerings, consumer-driven health plans can provide a solution," said Bireley. "A truly comprehensive consumer-driven health offering must also provide plan members with the education and tools they need to make smart healthcare decisions. With the benefit of these consumer insights, Guardian developed a program designed to meet the needs of cost-conscious employers and empower their employees to become smarter consumers of healthcare."

Guardian is one of a few insurance companies offering a consumer-driven plan paired with critical illness supplemental coverage. The addition of critical illness as an option helps assure employees that funds will be available in the event they are faced with certain critical illnesses or an unrelated hospital stay, before balances have accumulated in their HSA. Critical illness payouts may be used any way the insured chooses - even if unrelated to a medical expense. "The current economic climate presents an opportunity to introduce this product to employers who will likely embrace our approach to managing healthcare costs as HDHPs grow in popularity and traditional cost shifting fails to bridge the gap in the face of rising healthcare costs," said Bireley.

A copy of The Benefits & Behavior: Spotlight on Consumer Driven Health Plans survey is available at www.GuardianBenefits.com.

Guardian medical and critical illness plans are available in select states.

About the Survey

The Benefits & Behavior: Spotlight on Consumer Driven Health Plans survey presents the findings of a telephone survey conducted among a national probability sample of 1,001 adults comprising 500 men and 501 women, 18 years of age and older, living in private households in the continental United States. The interviews were conducted by t
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