Tuesday, April 19, 2011

High-Deductible Health Plans Pose No Special Risks To Low Income Enrollees

From "High-deductible health plans pose no special risks to the medically vulnerable, study finds" on ScienceBlog:
People who are medically vulnerable — those with low incomes or chronic health problems — who enroll in high-deductible health plans are at no more risk for cutting back on needed health care than other people who enroll in the plans, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

The findings, from the largest national study to examine the affects of high-deductible health plans, contradicts some of the earlier small studies that found medically vulnerable individuals cut back more than other people enrolled in the health plans.

The project examined the first-year experiences of more than 360,000 families nationwide....

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