A study released Tuesday shows how Americans can save money on their health care premiums by paying less for prescription drugs, medical devices and medical supplies.
The study by Avalere Health, an industry-funded research firm, found the average deductible for the 2016 annual plan year is $7,944.
The average deductible per person was $16,844.
That compares with an average annual cost of $17,856 for a standard silver plan in 2014, the study found.
The study comes as the Supreme Court is weighing whether the Affordable Care Act can be repealed.
In an earlier study released in June, Avalere found that the average cost of a generic version of a prescription drug was $1,737 in 2016.
That was up $8.9 from the previous year.
A generic version costs about $6,000.
Avalere’s findings come at a time of a surge in the number of Medicare enrollees, with a record 10.2 million people receiving Medicare Advantage coverage in 2016, compared with 8.7 million in 2015.
The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that there are more than 2.2 billion people in Medicare Advantage plans and nearly 8 million in Medicaid, the federal health care program for the poor.
The Kaiser Family Study also found that a third of enrollees were in Medicaid plans, a significant jump from the 12.7 percent in 2016 and 13.6 percent in 2014.
The average cost for prescription medications rose by 4.2 percent from 2015 to 2016.
The cost of prescription devices rose by 7.3 percent.
A Avalere study last year also found Americans spent an average of $9,972 more on medical care each year in 2016 than in 2014 and $19,945 more in 2015, according to data from the Kaiser Family School at Harvard University.
It also found health care spending for a baby has been flat since 2009.