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Understanding health care terms

Uniform glossary of health coverage and medical terms.

Reading about medical insurance can sometimes get technical and confusing. But with this glossary, you can find commonly-used healthcare terms hat will come in handy when looking for treatment and coverage options.

Remember these things when going through the glossary:

  • Bolded blue text means it’s defined somewhere else on the list.
  • The definition given is the general meaning and the word may have other definitions that aren’t listed.
  • If a definition is different here than in your plan, your plan definition overrules. 
  • Page 4 shows you an example of how deductibles, coinsurance and out-of-pocket limits work together.

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