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Health Savings Account Enrollment Reaches Eight Million
Date:5/13/2009

HSA accountholders come from all income levels

WASHINGTON, May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eight million Americans are covered by Health Savings Account (HSA)-eligible insurance plans, an increase of more than 31 percent since last year, a new census released today by America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) finds. Health Savings Accounts were authorized starting in January 2004. Since then, AHIP has conducted a periodic census of its members participating in the HSA/high-deductible health plan (HDHP) market.

Another report released today found HSA accountholders have a broad range of incomes across the country. The report, Estimated Income Characteristics of HSA Accountholders in 2008, used a geo-coding technique to estimate the income characteristics of HSA accountholders.

"HSA plans provide coverage to a number of consumers of all ages and incomes across the country, and they represent an important choice for employers and individuals when looking at the portfolio of coverage options available," said Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of AHIP.

Key findings from the census include:

  • There was an increase of approximately 1.9 million Americans enrolled in an HSA plan since January 2008. Previous AHIP census reports found that 6.1 million were enrolled in January 2008, 4.5 million were enrolled in January 2007, 3.2 million were enrolled in January 2006, and 1.0 million were enrolled in March 2005.
  • 30 percent of individuals covered by an HSA plan were in the small group market, 47 percent of individuals covered by an HSA plan were in the large-group market, and the remaining 23 percent were in the individual market.
  • A majority of HSA enrollees are covered by Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) products (83 percent) and Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) products (10 percent). In the individual market, almost 92 percent of en
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