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HSAs and Financial Wellness: A Holistic Approach. What will we cover today?. A short review of HSAs – some basic, some new Context and connection: your physical and financial health We view financial education as a stress reduction tool. Who Is Blackhawk Bank?.

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what will we cover today
What will we cover today?
  • A short review of HSAs – some basic, some new
  • Context and connection: your physical and financial health
  • We view financial education as a stress reduction tool
who is blackhawk bank
Who Is Blackhawk Bank?
  • We provide personal service, delivered by subject matter experts – our Bank Mission:

To Add Value

  • 130 year-old locally owned (Rock River Valley) independent, mid-sized bank
  • “Five Star” rating from Bauer Financial and “Outstanding” by the FDIC
  • We custodian 5,000+ HSAs nationally, working with over 350 employer groups as well as individual clients
why blackhawk bank for hsas
Why Blackhawk Bank for HSAs?
  • We not only custodian HSAs, we’ve owned them too-since January, 2005
  • We understand the “end-user perspective”
  • Like you, we view our roles as guides for our clients; because of this members of our HSA team are Life and Health licensed through Wisconsin OCI
  • We’ve been through the conversion-to-a-CDHP firsthand. Here’s what we learned…

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there will be gaps there are solutions
There will be Gaps, there are Solutions
  • Understanding how the HSA works (the mechanics) is important for everyone involved in the process - client, agent, accountant
  • Education is the key to successful implementation and to seeing the value of a Consumer Driven Health Plan and an HSA
  • CDHPs can be a good fit for any industry, and any size group.
reference guide

Reference Guide

What Exactly Is A Health Savings Account?

an hsa is
An HSA is:
  • A tax preferred bank account (usually checking) – this means that you put money in tax free if through payroll deduction.
  • Post tax contributions can come from any number of sources, and are tax deductible when the individual files (always federal; most states – now finally in Wisconsin)
  • A client earns interest tax free
  • Monies spent or “distributed” stay tax free as long as they are used for medical expenses (RXs, dental, vision, deductibles) for you OR your dependents. Note: These folks don’t have to be covered by your insurance
the difference between a savings account and a checking account
The difference between a Savings account and a Checking account…
  • A Savings account is NOT transactional
  • Conversely, a Checking account is designed specifically for transactions - paying bills, or buying goods and services
  • Savings and Checking accounts are governed by different rules
  • They are coded differently “behind the scenes” at the bank
  • HSAs are Checking accounts that have specific codes related to taxation, producing different end-of year documents for reporting purposes
who can have an hsa an individual who is
Who can have an HSA?An individual who is:
  • Currently enrolled in a CDHP (HDHP)
  • Not enrolled in and using Medicare**
  • Not claimed as a dependent on someone else’s taxes
  • Not covered by other medical insurance (exceptions are workers’ comp., separate dental, vision, etc.)

**Please consult www.ustreas.gov for further details

2013 contribution opportunities
2013 contribution opportunities…

For Individuals, the opportunity is $3,250

For Families, the opportunity is $6,400

Catch up is $1,000 per eligible individual*

*Spouses must have a separate account, but once established funds cannot co-mingle; a spouse does not have to be on your plan to make this contribution but does need to have Qualified High Deductible coverage of their own (independently or through their employer)

hsa fast facts for 2013
HSA Fast Facts for 2013:

Deductible Minimums for 2013: individual deductible must be $1250, and family must be $2500 (each can be higher, but this is the minimum)

Maximum total out of pocket limits for 2013: are $6,250 for an individual and $12,500 for a family

Discount plans for drugs are fine, (like Walgreens or CVS offers) and they work in tandem with any plan

No co-pay structure allowed for routine care and for drugs (full cost out of pocket, less the network discount)

Drug costs (regardless of how they are paid, or which drugs are purchased) go toward satisfying the deductible

a dvantages for a person with an hsa
Advantages for a person with an HSA:
  • Money can be contributed pre-tax through payroll, in addition to employer contributions
  • Balances accumulate tax free interest
  • Dollars stay tax free if spent on qualified medical expenses (dental and vision too)
  • Post-tax deposits (deposits not made through payroll) are tax deductible
  • Contributions can be posted up until April 15 for previous-year’s deductibility
  • WI is finally State tax deductible!
  • Payroll deductions CAN BE CHANGED
typical hsa features include
Typical HSA features include:
  • A debit card (remember the vast majority of HSAs are actually checking accounts)
  • The ability to order checks from the bank of choice, or from other sources
  • ATM access (standard with most debit cards)
  • Possibly – online banking
  • Possibly – online bill pay
guiding a client an hsa should not
Guiding a client - An HSA should NOT:
  • Have an upfront fee to open for the individual
  • Have a monthly fee charged from day one
  • Be charged for “per-transaction use”
  • Charge for statements or online functions
  • Be a program that burdens employers with layers of new administrative problems
  • Become a new headache for the Office Manager , HR professional, or company owner
context and connection
Context and Connection:

Preventative Wellness + Financial Education = A goal of less stress-related illnesses

how does overall wellness link to my financial wellness
How does overall wellness link to my financial wellness?
  • Money and related issues rank in the top three for stress inducing topics between married people
  • Understanding your physical numbers (BMI, cholesterol, blood pressure) is a great “first step”
  • Feeling confident about your finances and understanding how they work is an essential part of “knowing your numbers”
most of the wellness programs available
Most of the Wellness programs available:
  • Suggest changes a person can make to their diet
  • Discuss fitness options and coach toward increased and varied activities
  • Help a person understand that they will decrease the likelihood of chronic illness through a lifestyle change
  • Offer tools for tracking progress
wellness programs and stress
Wellness Programs and stress
  • Wellness programs typically do a fairly good, if indirect, job of addressing different stress related issues
  • Most programs include exercise elements with varying difficulty – the goal being to at least get folks moving if not in peak physical condition
  • Movement = Endorphins = Stress reduction
financial education as a stress relieving tool

Financial Education as a Stress Relieving Tool

Lifestyle Changes beyond the Physical

what we ve learned about how folks understand their finances or not
What we’ve learned about how folks understand their finances (or not)
  • Knowing your “numbers” is important to your financial (as well as physical) health
  • Just as blood pressure and cholesterol scores effect your physical life, your credit score effects your financial one
  • Your credit score should be considered a “vital statistic” and maintenance is a must
  • Unfortunately many people would rather guess than know, much like other vital statistics…
the tools begin with the basics
The tools: Begin With The Basics!
  • Credit Score – what it is; how it effects day-to day expenses; how to change it
  • Budgeting – A tool that’s easy to use
  • Balancing – Knowing what you have!
we see it firsthand
We see it firsthand…
  • Folks who have no idea how to read a credit report (hint – that’s a lot of us!)
  • Folks who have never seen their credit report or who haven’t looked at it in the last year
  • Those who can estimate what they think their score should be…
  • Those who “know their credit should be better than that” once they do see their score
tools we provide
Tools we provide
  • “Financial Fitness” workshops that are done a la carte, chosen by an employer after an employee survey
  • All information is confidential
  • There is no obligation for the employees to bank with us before or after
  • Our goal is to be “of service” to the communities we call home, and To Add Value
the advice you need for the life you want

How to read and

understand your

credit report

The Advice You Need for the Life You Want.


understanding your fico score
Understanding your FICO Score
  • FICO scores have a 300-850 point range

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allocating dollars within your budget
Allocating Dollars WithinYour Budget

Housing 25%

Transportation 15%

Food 15%

Other Expenses* 15%

Entertainment 10%

Savings 10%

Clothing 5%

Charitable Giving 5%

*Other expenses can include utilities (Electricity, gas, phone cable/satellite TV, Internet access), medical expenses and insurance.

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adding value
Adding Value…
  • Means different things for different clients
  • One size does not fit all
  • Like you: We listen, then we tailor the program to fit the clients needs
  • We serve local and distance clients
  • We would love to become the “HSA and Financial Education go-to” for your team!

Thank you!For more information please contact Paula Colling at (608)289-1898 or via email: pcolling@blackhawkbank.com