Low balance in your HSA? Need to see a doctor?

Everyone needs health care at some point in time, but not everyone has prepared accordingly, or in a financial position to take care of surprise expenses. This often occurs with people who own Health Savings Accounts.  The good news is that if you understand the tools you have access to with your HSA plan, you can recover quickly if you are HSA educated! Here is the game plan if you find yourself in this predicament: First, take care of your health.  Go to the doctor, stay in network, and you’ll get the network discounted price. Have the doctor send a claim to the insurance company, it...

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Why an HSA health plan is better than a Copay plan

Why is a Health Savings Account health insurance plan better than a copay plan? An HSA is a better plan if you’re focused on your out of pocket maximum. If so, an HSA cannot be beat. The reason is because you have a defined out of pocket maximum. With your typical PPO Copay plan, you’ll have a deductible, 80/20 coinsurance, plus doctor copays, Rx deductible and Rx copays. But, COPAYS are sometimes forever. Let’s imagine a broken back, surgery, pain meds and 3 X a week physical therapy for 6 months. Copays will rack up over $400/mo or more, they rarely go towards the...

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