High-Deductible Health Plan - HDHP

DEFINITION of 'High-Deductible Health Plan - HDHP'

A health insurance plan with a high minimum deductible that the insurance holder must pay for medical expenses before insurance coverage kicks in. The minimum deductible for a plan to fall into the category of an HDHP varies each year. In 2015, it was $1,300 for individuals and $2,600 for families.

BREAKING DOWN 'High-Deductible Health Plan - HDHP'

These health plans became more common when the new health savings account (HSA) legislation was signed into law in 2003. In order to open an HSA account, an individual must first have an HDHP. These high-deductible health plans are thought to lower overall healthcare costs by forcing individuals to be more conscious of medical expenses. The higher deductible also lowers insurance premiums, making health coverage more affordable.

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