Understanding health care terms

Uniform glossary of health coverage and medical terms.

Reading about 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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