CDC: Nearly 40% of US adults have high-deductible health plans

The number of Americans age 18 to 64 with a high-deductible plan increased from 26.3 percent in 2011 to 39.3 percent last year, according to a report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

Among privately insured U.S. adults with HDHPs in 2016, 15.5 percent reported difficulty paying medical bills in the past 12 months. That compares to 10.3 percent of adults with a traditional health plan. 

The report also found privately insured adults with employment-based HDHPs were more likely than adults enrolled in traditional plans to forgo or delay medical care. In the past 12 months, 9.2 percent of privately-insured adults with HDHPs didn't receive or delayed medical care due to cost, compared to 5.2 percent with traditional coverage.

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