For years, bank accounts were FDIC-insured up to $100,000. Then during the recent financial crisis, the insurance limit was increased to $250,000. But this increase was only temporary; it was scheduled to drop back to $100,000 in 2014.
The good news is that the financial reform law just signed permanently sets the FDIC insurance limit at $250,000 per account, per depositor, per bank. The $250,000 coverage applies for each of four categories of ownership: individual, joint, retirement, and trust accounts.