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[May 13, 2014]

Health Saving Accounts (HSA)-Webcast

FARGO, N.D. --(Business Wire)--

A June webcast and panel discussion will provide insights into the growing popularity of health savings accounts (HSAs) since their establishment just over a decade ago. During the HealthChange™ Web Series "The Rise of HSAs: Past, Present, and Future Trends," webcast panelists will discuss the evolution of HSAs, opportunities for companies to maximize their benefits programs, and future benefit trends in the age of private exchanges and consumer-driven healthcare. The webcast is scheduled for Wed., June 25, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Sponsored by the Healthcare Trends Institute, the webcast is free for both Institute members and non-members. The panel discussion includes HSA Consulting Services Founder "Mr. HSA" Roy Ramthun, and Evolution1 President and COO Chris Byrd. Both Ramthun and Byrd also serve on the Institute's Editorial Advisory Board. Healthcare Trends Institute Executive Director Tiffany Wirth will moderate the panel. A Q&A will follow the panel discussion.


"Health savings accounts have been rejuvenated in part due to healthcare reform legislation encouraging consumer-driven healthcare. Over 15.5 million Americans are now covered by HSA high-deductible plans, which is a 50 percent increase since 2009," said Wirth. "It's important for both employers and employees to understand how to unlock the potential of HSAs."

Register for the free HealthChange™ Web Series "The Rise of HSAs: Past Present, and Future Trends" here: https://evolution1.webex.com/evolution1/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=926632574.

About the Healthcare Trends institute

The Healthcare Trends Institute is an educational platform to help employers, third-party administrators, health plans, consumers, and other stakeholders keep up with the rapidly changing healthcare benefits industry. It covers a range of topics related to the administration and management of healthcare benefits, including defined contribution, health exchanges, insurance, ACA legislation, and more.

Healthcare Trends Institute programming includes an educational blog and webcast series, an annual awards program, enewsletters, training programs, a resource library, infographics, and more. To ensure all content and programs achieve the highest level of quality and relevancy, the Institute is guided by an Editorial Advisory Board comprising subject-matter experts that represent diverse aspects and perspectives within the healthcare benefits industry. The Institute is sponsored by Evolution1, the nation's largest electronic payment, on-premise, and cloud computing consumer-driven healthcare solution. More information is available at www.HealthcareTrendsInstitute.org.

About Roy Ramthun, Founder, HSA Consulting Services

Ramthun, popularly known as "Mr. HSA", is the founder of HSA Consulting Services, a healthcare consulting practice specializing in health savings accounts and consumer-driven healthcare issues. Prior to forming this consulting practice, Ramthun was the Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House. As a member of the National Economic Council staff, he was the Senior Health Policy advisor to President George W. Bush. Ramthun has over 25 years of experience in health policy, government relations, and private sector operations. He is now the director of the Policy Center at West Health.

About Chris Byrd, President and COO, Evolution1

As president and chief operating officer, Byrd oversees the daily execution of Evolution1's business and leads the company's business development, M&A, and industry and government relations efforts. Byrd has over 25 years of experience in employee benefits and banking. As a founder of Evolution Benefits in 2000, he played a key role in designing the proprietary architecture for EB's prepaid benefits card. Previously, Byrd focused on finance, strategy, and business development for Value Health and two startup health care companies. He began his career in commercial banking. A frequent speaker on emerging trends in financial services and benefits, Byrd is active in industry and government relations.


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