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The Health Savings Account, introduced in the early 2000’s, has proved to be the ultimate retirement and investment account–particularly for those on the road to early retirement. Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF®) and Health Saving Account (HSA) expert, Jackie Cummings Koski, joins us on the show to discuss everything from how to obtain an HSA account to how to invest the money that you contribute.
As one of 6 children raised by a single father, Jackie knows firsthand what it means to struggle financially. As a result, she made educating herself about finances and investing her personal mission. From the knowledge that she acquired, she wrote her book “Money Letters 2 My Daughter” as a way to educate her then 14-year-old daughter on what it means to be financially savvy. Today, Jackie has grown her HSA account to more than $100,000 as is on track to retire early in her 40’s.
In this episode we discuss:
- The definition and benefits of the Health Savings Account (HSA)
- How to enroll in an insurance plan with an HSA
- Things to consider when enrolling in an insurance plan
- When to consider enrolling in a traditional plan vs. a high-deductible plan
- Annual contribution guidelines
- How and when to access the money within your HSA
- Shopping around for the right provider
- Inheritance of an HSA account
- The expenses that you can use HSA money for (qualifying reimbursements)
- Jackie’s early retirement plan
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- Jackie’s book “Money Letters 2 My Daughter”
- IRS Publication 969, Health Savings Accounts and Other Tax-Favored Health Plans
- IRS Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses
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My husband’s company doesn’t provide an HSA, but I was able to look at our health insurance information and we can save $4000 a year to get the cheaper insurance plan with the same exact co-pays. The only cost differece is in hospital stays at a 10% increase. So upset I didn’t pay attention to this 3 years ago. $12,000 down the drain. I guess it’s better late than never.
It’s better late than never, kudos to you for taking steps to understand it better