Fidelity Finds Little Knowledge about HSAs

Lee Barney writes in PlanSponsor that Fidelity says that 25% of employees with access to an HSA are using one. When employers offer only an HSA-eligible health plan, 46% of workers add this savings benefit.

Fidelity notes that the contribution limits for 2018 are $3,450 for individuals, $6,900 for a family, and $1,000 in catch-up contributions for those over age 55. However, last year, individuals contributed an average of $1,800 and family account owners, $3,800

Nearly 40% of people are unaware that the money in an HSA can carry forward. Instead, they think if they don’t use it, they will lose it at the end of the year. Additionally, 46% of HSA account holders are unaware they can invest their contribution, and a mere 7.7% actually do invest the money.

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