Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)
HSAs continue to grow in popularity and are emerging as an important tool to help Americans plan and pay for current and future medical expenses. As the cost of health care increases, more people are feeling unprepared to pay for medical expenses in retirement. The potential triple tax advantages and long-term investing and planning potential of HSAs are becoming better understood. Those benefits are being realized—HSA investments now exceed $34B, a 45% increase from the prior year.1 To increase HSA investment choices and allow for professional management through a Registered Investment Advisor, Schwab makes it possible to invest those savings in brokerage accounts designed for HSAs.
Increase possible HSA benefits by investing through Schwab's Health Savings Brokerage Account (HSBA)
Schwab's HSBA is an investment feature offered through industry-leading HSA Providers, allowing access to a broad range of investment choices and providing the ability to leverage the investment management services of an advisor.
To access and invest through Schwab's HSBA, an individual enrolled in a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) can establish a consumer-direct HSA with one of the providers in Schwab's network. Within the new HSA, account holders will enable and fund the Schwab HSBA. Once the HSBA is funded, account holders can appoint their advisor to manage their investments.
HSBAs work like other similar types of Schwab accounts. They are accessible to investors through Schwab Alliance or Schwab.com and to advisors through Schwab Advisor Center®, where they can also leverage the standard custodial billing process for management fees. Data downloads are available through Schwab Data Delivery® and can be incorporated in Schwab Open View Gateway and integrated with third-party software.
To learn more, visit the Introduction to Schwab Health Savings Brokerage Accounts (HSBAs) section of the Service Guide.
1. 2021 Year-End Devenir HSA Research Report, March 23, 2022.
Please visit www.irs.gov to learn more about IRS tax guidelines or consult with you tax professional. Schwab provides referrals to unaffiliated, third-party health savings account (HSA) providers, who use Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., brokerage services for the investment portion of their HSA programs.
Schwab is not responsible for the services provided by these HSA providers. The Schwab Health Savings Brokerage Account is offered through Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (Member SIPC), the registered broker-dealer, which also provides other brokerage and custody services to its customers.
Eligibility for an HSA requires coverage by an HSA-eligible high-deductible health plan and does now allow coverage by another ineligible health plan or enrollment in Medicare.
The IRS defines HSA-eligible plans as high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) with a deductible of at least $1,400 for an individual and $2,800 for families. See IRS Publication 969 for the most current information defining HSA eligibility, contribution limits, and more about HSA-eligible health plans.
The Charles Schwab Corporation provides services to retirement and other benefit plans and participants through its separate but affiliated companies and subsidiaries: Charles Schwab Trust Bank and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Brokerage products and services are offered by Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (Member SIPC at www.sipc.org). Trust, custody, and deposit products and services are offered by Charles Schwab Trust Bank, Member FDIC.