Health care expenses are one of the most critical issues that workers and employers face today. Historically, both health care and retirement savings have largely been kept separate, but that conversation is changing. As health care is increasingly considered through the lens of financial wellness, employers need to understand the savings options. Pretax and Roth retirement account contributions, along with HSAs, are three common ways that many employees can save for health care expenses in retirement. It’s important to consider the advantages of each.
HSAs Paired with a High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) Can Be Part of a Competitive Benefits Package
The old mantra of offering a competitive benefits package to “recruit, retain, and reward” needs updating. With an emphasis on financial wellness and health care flexibility, the “three R’s” should now shift to “recruit, retain, and retire.”
Depending on your organization’s size, offering an HSA could be seen as a differentiator, or merely table stakes, versus your competition.
- 87% of jumbo employers,
- 72% of large employers, and
- 34% of small employers
…plan to offer HSAs by 2019.⁷
HSAs can support retention efforts for key employee demographics (e.g., healthy millennials who prefer the ability to save for their own health care expenses and executives who appreciate an HSA’s tripletax advantage).
- $4,129 is the average cost of onboarding a new hire.⁸
Comprehensive benefits all add up to providing employees with financial support that allows them to retire when they want to rather than when they have to.
64% of employees think health care costs will impact their retirement.⁹
HSAs may help you bring value to your employees. We suggest that you:
- Arrange for fair and balanced reviews of health care savings options, strategies, and benefits to employees
- Review educational materials to ensure that they are clear and comprehensive
- Connect the health care conversation to retirement and financial wellness
- Evaluate adoption and usage data
- Explore ways to provide employees with HSA investment education or guidance
HSAs may make sense for certain employers, especially since the average cost of an HSA-eligible plan is 22% LESS than a traditional PPO.
For more information, contact:
Lisa M. Petronio, CPFA, RICP®