From the March 2012 issue of Treasury & Risk magazine

Health Accounts Growing

Expansion suggests employees see accounts as way to save for retirement health costs.

Balances are expanding in the health savings accounts (HSAs) provided for employees who participate in consumer-driven health plans, suggesting HSAs may be gaining traction as a way to save for health expenses in retirement. HSA balances are still small, though, and a far cry from what people will need in retirement.

J.P. Morgan Treasury Services reports that in 2011, the average balance of the 900,000 HSAs that it administers grew 4%, to $1,547, and at year-end, 36% of accounts had balances of more than $1,000.

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