High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)
A plan with a higher deductible than a traditional insurance plan. Usually the monthly premium is lower, but you have to pay more health care costs yourself (your deductible) before the insurance company starts to pay its share. A high deductible plan can be combined with a health savings account or a health reimbursement arrangement. This allows you to pay for certain medical expenses with untaxed dollars.
For 2016, the IRS defines a high deductible health plan as any plan with a deductible of at least $1,300 for an individual or $2,600 for a family.
- Learn about health savings accounts (used with individual high-deductible plans).
- Learn about health reimbursement accounts (used with job-based high-deductible plans).
- What to consider when you compare plans