States move to curb costs with HSA plans

07/31/2011 | Human Resource Executive

An increasing number of states are offering high-deductible plans linked with health-savings accounts as a way to reduce health care costs. "Most public employees have the richest benefits of anybody, so states have got to communicate the benefits of choosing HSAs to get employees to go from a zero deductible to a $1,200 deductible," says Helen Darling, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health. "The results will be governed by how serious the benefit managers are about making it succeed -- communicating the details really matters."

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