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Capitol Health Call
January 10, 2007

Health Savings Accounts

JAMA. 2007;297(2):146. doi:10.1001/jama.297.2.146-c

Congress approved legislation allowing people to increase the amount of money they contribute to health savings accounts (HSAs). The measure was part of the bill HR 6408 (http://thomas.loc.gov), passed on December 9.

HSAs allow contributors to pay for portions of their health care on a tax-free basis. The bill eliminates the ceiling on annual contributions to HSAs, which could not exceed the amount of the annual deductibles for the health plans with which they are linked, and replaces it with a maximum annual contribution of $2850 for individuals and $5450 for families.

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