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High-deductible health plan (HDHP)

A high-deductible health plan has a higher deductible that most health plans, but it also has a lower premium. The deductible is the amount you must pay yourself before your health plan pays its part for health services. A premium is the amount you pay every month for your health plan. That means you pay less each month, but when you need health care, you have to pay more out of pocket before you get any money from the insurance company.

You can combine an HDHP with a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) or with a health savings account (HSA). With these savings plans, you contribute money from your paycheck before taxes. You use that money to pay for health costs. Your employer may also add to your savings. You can use a health savings account to pay for health care as long as your deductible is at least $1,250 for one adult or $2,500 for a family.

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