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In a message dated 02/24/2000 8:19:04 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
email @ redacted writes:

<< Here is what my tax guide says about the MSA:
  >If you are covered by a high-deductible health insurance plan, you may be
  >able to set up and deduct contributions to a medical savings account (MSA).
  >To qualify, the deductibles for your plan must be at least $1,550 a year 
  >cannot exceed $2,300, if only you are covered. For married couples and
  >families, the deductibles must be between $3,050 and $4,600. Your
  >high-deductible policy must limit co-payments on covered benefits -- to
  >$3,050 for self-only coverage, $5,600 for marrieds and family coverage.
  >If you are also covered by health insurance -- other than catastrophic --
  >you cannot have an MSA. But insurance against accidental injury or
  >disability is allowed, as are per-diem hospitalization, dental, vision,
  >liability coverage, cancer and long-term care.
  >The amount you can deduct for your MSA contributions depend on your annual
  >insurance deductible.

Not all MSA accounts follow these guidelines.  For us, we didn't have to have 
a certian deductable and it didn't matter what plan we chose.

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