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Web pages and brochures that help explain Medicare Medical Savings Accounts and Medicare Health Savings Accounts.

This is one section of The Medicare Project, a series of consumer directories that help seniors through the maze of Medicare information in the hundreds of pages at government and private websites. Our editors have chosen these recommendations to help you find answers to questions about Medicare insurance and coverage. This section focuses on Medicare Medical Savings Account.

A Medicare Medical Savings Account Is One Of Your Choices

(from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, "The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement a new consumer-directed Medicare Advantage product beginning January 1, 2007, called a Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA) plan. This new plan type combines a high deductible health plan with a medical savings account that beneficiaries can use to manage their health care costs."

CMS will offer regular MSA plans and demonstration MSA plans. There are different deductable, coverage and service aspects to the two types of plans, as well as the geographical areas that are allowed to enroll in them.. (For other Medicare topics, see our home page The Medicare Project - home)

Web pages and brochures from government, education, and non-commercial sites about Medicare Savings Accounts:


source:Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
file size: 2 pgs; languages: English
from the brochure: "...These plans will provide Medicare beneficiaries with the freedom to exercise increased control over their health care utilization while providing them with important coverage against catastrophic health care costs..."
also from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services:
Guidance for Medicare Advantage Medical Savings Account (MSA) Plans
file size: 18pgs; languages: English
our comments: Legal Entity Requirements, Coverage, Plan Design and other topics are covered briefly

web page:
Medical Savings Accounts - Fact Sheet

languages: English
from the web page: "...Contents: * What are Medical Savings Accounts? * To whom are Medical Savings Account plans currently available? * How is the use of a state-authorized Medical Savings Account plan taxed? * How is the use of a federally authorized Medical Savings Account taxed? * How does the HIPAA private market Medical Savings Account demonstration work? * How does the Medical Savings Account demonstration in the Medicare program work? * Arguments by proponents of MSAs * Arguments by critics of MSAs..."
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Health Savings Accounts and Other Tax-Favored Health Plans

source:Internal Revenue Service
file size: 19 pgs; languages: English
from the brochure: "For use in preparing 2006 Returns... What’s New for 2007... Health savings accounts. The following new rules apply to health savings accounts for 2007. For details on these changes, see Publication 553, Highlights of 2006 Tax..."

Health Savings Accounts

source:United States - Department of The Treasury
file size: 2 pgs; languages: English
from the brochure: ".. You pay for current medical expenses, including expenses that your insurance may not cover, or save the money in your account for future needs, such as: • Health insurance or medical expenses if unemployed • Medical expenses after retirement (before Medicare) • Out-of-pocket expenses when covered by Medicare • Long-term care expenses and insurance..."

web page:
Medicare Advantage Plans: Overview
languages: English
from the web page: "Medical Savings Account (MSA) Plans are offered by private companies and have two parts... In 2007, Blue Cross of California will be offering an MSA in each California county..."

Your Guide to Medicare Medical Savings Accounts

date: 1999; file size: 16 pgs; languages: English
from the brochure: "...This booklet provides some general information to introduce you to Medicare MSA Plans. However, you will need more information than this booklet can provide to decide if a Medicare MSA Plan is the right option for you. This booklet will help guide you to the right places for more details and will assist you in asking the right questions to get the information you need to make your decision..."


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