Monday, August 3, 2009

Opportunity Cost: $2 Billion

Employers and individuals miss out on $2 billion per year in HSA tax breaks because they miss an opportunity to predictably match HSA contributions to out-of-pocket health spending from non-HSA accounts. This disconnect between physical and financial health is not being addressed by either healthcare or financial institutions. If there is an opportunity to use health transaction data to help HSA-eligible employees consolidate data on out-of-pocket expenses from non-HSA accounts, it would be a great value to the employee group. The data consolidator need not actually move the money -- the financial institutions can handle that pretty easily based on a file feed, so long as the consolidator has the employees’ imprimatur.

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