Many U.S. adults with private health coverage now have high-deductible health plans with no personal health accounts, according to Paul Fronstin.
Fronstin, a benefits researcher at the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), Washington, writes about people who have high-deductible health coverage but no health savings accounts (HSAs) or health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) in an analysis of results from an online survey of 4,703 privately insured adults ages 21 to 64.
The percentage of privately insured adults with personal health accounts has increased to 7% this year, from 5% in 2010, and the percentage with high-deductible coverage has increased to 16%, from 14%, over that same period, Fronstin says.
About 6.1% of all of the survey participants said they were enrolled in high-deductible plans and had access to HSA programs but had not set up HSAs, Fronstin says.
EBRI classified a plan as having a high deductible if the individual deductible was $1,000 or higher or if the family deductible was $2,000 or higher.