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Calendar with push pin on 19 KFF estimates that in 2006, Deductible Relief Day fell on February 28. Just last year, the “holiday” came five days earlier, on May 14. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) has declared May 19 “Deductible Relief Day,” as a way of bringing awareness to a growing issue with high-deductible health plans. Cost-shifting by employer-based plans, originally hailed as a way to make consumers smarter shoppers for health services, have become problematic as Americans on these plans report struggling with affordability when it comes to accessing health care services.

Related: High-deductible plan participants avoiding preventive care

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