Use an HSA to Boost Your Retirement Savings

Health savings accounts, along with 401(k) plans and IRAs, can be a key part of an overall retirement savings strategy.

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A health savings account offers a tax-saving trifecta: You put money in the account pretax, let it grow tax free and take it out tax free to pay for qualifying medical expenses. These accounts are growing in popularity, with participants contributing $33.7 billion to their accounts last year, up 22% from a year earlier, according to Devenir Research. And financial advisers increasingly see them as a savvy strategy for stashing money away for your post-working life.

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Mary Kane
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Retirement Report
Mary Kane is a financial writer and editor who has specialized in covering fringe financial services, such as payday loans and prepaid debit cards. She has written or edited for Reuters, the Washington Post,, MSNBC, Scripps Media Center, and more. She also was an Alicia Patterson Fellow, focusing on consumer finance and financial literacy, and a national correspondent for Newhouse Newspapers in Washington, DC. She covered the subprime mortgage crisis for the pathbreaking online site The Washington Independent, and later served as its editor. She is a two-time winner of the Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards sponsored by the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. She also is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches a course on journalism and publishing in the digital age. She came to Kiplinger in March 2017.