Health Savings Accounts for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs: Shopping, Take-Up and Implementation Challenges
AbstractA combination of high deductible health plans (HDHPs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) holds promise for expanding health insurance for small firms. We provide information on HSA take-up and shopping behavior from a 2008 survey of female small business owners, revealing that the HSA marketplace can be confusing for small firms. HSAs may have expanded access to health insurance for the smallest firms (under three employees), but not for small firms more generally. A sizable number of firms offering HSA-eligible insurance did not offer attached HSAs. Firms offering HSAs were satisfied with their experiences, but faced challenges in implementing them.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by School Of Economics, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 200925.
Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 01 Nov 2009
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Health Savings Accounts; Health Insurance Costs; Small Business;
Other versions of this item:
- Susan M. Gates & Pinar Karaca-Mandic & James R. Burgdorf & Kanika Kapur, 2009. "Health Savings Accounts for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs: Shopping, Take-Up and Implementation Challenges," Working Papers 200938, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
- NEP-ALL-2009-11-27 (All new papers)
- NEP-HEA-2009-11-27 (Health Economics)
- NEP-IAS-2009-11-27 (Insurance Economics)
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- Gates Susan M & Kapur Kanika & Karaca-Mandic Pinar, 2008. "Consumer-Directed Health Plans and Health Savings Accounts: Have They Worked for Small Business?," Forum for Health Economics & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 11(2), pages 1-22, April.
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2007-023, Center for Applied Economics and Policy Research, Economics Department, Indiana University Bloomington.
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