What does it mean if a plan has an after deductible copay?

Copays for High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) work a little different from other types of plans. Typically with HDHPs, employees must meet their deductible before the carrier will pay for any services other than preventative care.

This means that if you have an HDHP with a $3,000 deductible and a $20 copay for primary care, you may have to meet the entire deductible before the copay will apply. This is why HDHPs are often paired with HSAs - the pretax contributions help offset the $3,000 deductible amount that you'll pay out-of-pocket before your copay can apply.

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