“IRA Withdrawals in 2013 and Longitudinal Results 2010-2013,” and “Satisfaction With Health Coverage and Care: Findings from the 2014 EBRI/Greenwald & Associates Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey”

July 2015, Vol. 36, No. 7
Paperback, 24 pp.
PDF, 1,069 kb
Employee Benefit Research Institute, 2015

Download Notes PDF pdf

Executive Summary

IRA Withdrawals in 2013 and Longitudinal Results 2010-2013



  • Just over 22 percent of individuals who owned a Traditional or Roth individual retirement account (IRA) took a withdrawal in 2013. The overall IRA withdrawal percentage was largely driven by activity among individuals ages 70-½ or older owning a Traditional IRA—the group required to make withdrawals under federal required minimum distribution (RMD) rules for IRA owners beyond that age. In contrast, among individuals under age 60, 10 percent or fewer had a withdrawal.
  • For those at the RMD age, the withdrawal rates at the median appeared close to the amount that was required to be withdrawn, though some were significantly more. For instance, looking at the consistent sample in the EBRI IRA Database, approximately 25 percent of those 71 or older took a withdrawal amount in excess of that required by law for Traditional IRAs.
  • Among those ages 70 or older, withdrawal rates over a four-year period showed that most individuals were withdrawing at a rate that was likely to be able to sustain some level of post-retirement income from IRAs as the individual continued to age.

Satisfaction With Health Coverage and Care: Findings from the 2014 EBRI/Greenwald & Associates Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey



  • The overall satisfaction rate among consumer-driven health plan (CDHP) enrollees increased in most years of the EBRI/Greenwald & Associates Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey (CEHCS), while it decreased in most years among enrollees in traditional health care plans.
  • Differences in out-of-pocket costs may have explained some of the differences in overall satisfaction rates. In 2014, 48 percent of traditional-plan participants were extremely or very satisfied with out-of-pocket costs (for health care services other than prescription drugs), while 19 percent of high-deductible health plan (HDHP) enrollees and 26 percent of CDHP participants were extremely or very satisfied. Satisfaction with out-of-pocket health care costs has been trending upward among CDHP enrollees.
  • CDHP and HDHP enrollees were found to be less likely than those in a traditional plan both to recommend their health plan to friends or co-workers and to stay with their current health plan if they had the opportunity to switch plans.