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Health Care Accounts Taking Off, Government Statistics Show

Aug. 29, 2018, 11:00 AM

Savings accounts that consumers can use to pay for health care took off in the first quarter of 2018, growing 17 percent in the first three months, according to the federal government.

There was little change in the number of uninsured in the first quarter compared to the end of 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s report on health insurance coverage released Aug. 29. In the first quarter, 28.3 million people of all ages, or 8.8 percent of the population, were uninsured.

But the percentage of people enrolled in “consumer-directed health plans” (CDHPs), high-deductible health plans ...