How to Choose an HSA Administrator
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When setting up an HSA, there are actually two separate parts: your health insurance, and your health savings account. While most insurance companies partner with a bank or administrator where you can establish your HSA, we recommend choosing an independent HSA administrator.
Choose an independent HSA Administrator
Health Savings Account contributions are required by Federal law to be held by a qualified trustee or custodian. The funds can be deposited with any authorized HSA administrator, regardless of which insurance company underwrites the policy. Each administrator offers different features, and has a different fee schedule, summarized below.
Our recommendation is to set up your HSA with one of the many third party financial institutions offering to administer your Health Savings Account. There are two main reasons for this:
- Insurance rates constantly change, and there is a good chance that at some point you will find it financially beneficial to switch to a different plan with a different insurance company. Some insurance company-sponsored administrators do not pay interest to account holders who do not also carry the accompanying health insurance, or they may charge additional fees. You dont want to have to change your administrator if you decide to change your health insurance.
- Independent HSA administrators often provide lower fees and more investment options than those offered by the insurance company.
Compare Fees and Services
There are many HSA administrators to choose from, all with different fee structures and services. Listed below are several with whom we have a relationship. After choosing the one that best meets your needs, you can apply online with some companies, or download an application to mail in with your initial deposit.
The most popular among our clients is HSA Bank. In addition to savings accounts, they offer a full brokerage services with discount broker partners, allowing you to purchase stocks, bonds, and mutual funds through Vanguard, Fidelity, Janus, and other mutual fund companies. We have used them ourselves and have been very pleased with the level of customer service.
Low fees are an important consideration until you have built up some money in your account. If you are only interested in a savings account option, one of the plans that has no fees is First American Bank.
You may want to consider HSA Resources if you are looking to set up Health Savings Accounts for an employer group. They have good service, low rates, and two attorneys on staff to help handle difficult issues that sometimes get complicated with group plans (section 125 issues, "comparability" testing of HSA contributions, Sub S and partnership contributions, etc.).
HSA for America is an independent health insurance broker specializing in HSA-qualified plans for individuals and families. We are happy to provide our health insurance customers assistance in choosing the best administrator to meet their needs.
Disclaimer: The information listed above is current to best of our knowledge. Please visit each administrator's web site or contact them directly to confirm you have the most current information available.
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HSA for America is an independent health insurance agency specializing in high deductible health plans qualified to work with health savings accounts. We provide a list of recommended HSA administrators as a service to our visitors and customers. We are NOT an administrator ourselves. If you have a question for a specific administrator, please contact them directly.
For information on how to get instant quotes and choose a plan that is qualified to work with a health savings account, please visit our "How To" Guide page.