New research from America’s Health Insurance Plans finds nearly 15.5 million Americans have health savings accounts, up 15 percent from a year ago.

AHIP has conducted an annual census of HSA participants since the program began in January 2004. National enrollment has tripled since January 2007 when 4.5 million consumers had accounts. The gender distribution of lives covered is 50 percent male and 50 percent female. More than 90 percent of HSA plans use the preferred provider organization model.

States with the highest enrollment, in order, are Illinois, Texas, California, Ohio and Michigan. States with the highest percentage of enrollees under age 65 with private insurance are Vermont (15 percent), Minnesota (14 percent), Utah and Montana (12 percent), and Illinois and Connecticut (10 percent).

Common decision support services available to HSA enrollees include personal health records, care cost estimates, physician-specific general information and quality measures, hospital-specific quality measures, medical and wellness content, and member access to account information, according to AHIP.

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