Franklin Templeton is rolling out R6 shares for health savings accounts, while Principal has announced its first collaboration with an HSA provider.
A report from Cerulli Associates suggests that pairing HSA and DC plan communication and administration and modernizing HSA investment menus can help to position HSAs as retirement savings vehicles.
Optum says the enhancement has already shown results; accountholders who were targeted with new messages increased their balances, became eligible to invest, and chose to open investment accounts.
Half of Americans surveyed by HSA Bank are using savings accounts to save for health care expenses in retirement, and 47% plan to rely on their 401(k) plan.
Less-healthy enrollees are more likely to disenroll from the HSA-eligible health plans than healthier enrollees, according to an EBRI study.
For Vanguard participants who elect to save in a HealthEquity HSA, Vanguard’s Retirement Readiness Tool technology will integrate their HSA information with their DC plan balance and other assets to give them a comprehensive view of their current and future retirement savings.
However, Morningstar found fees remain elevated and transparency remains poor.
Only 4% of HSA owners invested their money, and when distributions were taken, investors took larger distributions than non-investors, EBRI found.
The solution will allow participants to more efficiently track their 401(k), 457 and 403(b) plans along with their HSA, while offering access to education and investment selection.
Investments in HSAs are solving for different outcomes than DC plans, so plan sponsors should take into account different considerations for investment selection.
Once participants understand health savings accounts (HSAs), plan sponsors can encourage them to invest their money and think about saving for future health care costs.
Even financially adept employees have trouble deciding where to save and how to spend.
This year, Congress is actively taking up legislation that would expand the use and benefits of health savings accounts (HSAs).
Consumers that are already enrolled in HSAs are more fluent, more engaged, and make savvier health and financial decisions than the general public, Alegeus finds.
The marketplace connects account holders to cost-effective and convenient qualified medical expense products and services.
A new interactive interface allows employees to think about retirement and health savings together and visualize the best way to allocate limited assets.
The new plan sponsor site calls for employers to “commit, collaborate, and communicate to drive engagement and adoption.”