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Health Aff (Millwood). 2005 Jul-Dec;Suppl Web Exclusives:W5-434-41.

What high-deductible plans look like: findings from a national survey of employers, 2005.

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  • 1Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), Washington, DC, USA.


This paper documents the availability, enrollment, premiums, and cost sharing for high-deductible health plans that are offered with a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) or are health savings account (HSA)-qualified plans. Almost 4 percent of employers that offer health benefits offer one of these arrangements in 2005, covering about 2.4 million workers. Deductibles, as expected, are relatively high, averaging dollar 1,870 for single coverage and dollar 3,686 for family coverage in high-deductible health plans with an HRA and dollar 1,901 for single coverage and dollar 4,070 for family coverage in HSA-qualified high-deductible health plans. One in three employers offering a high-deductible health plan that is HSA-qualified do not contribute to HSAs established by their workers.

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