Glossary of Health Coverage and Medical Terms
Your share of the costs of a covered health care service, calculated as a percentage (for example, 20%) of the allowed amount for the service. You generally pay coinsurance plus any deductibles you owe. (For example, if the health insurance or plan’s allowed amount for an office visit is $100 and you’ve met your deductible, your coinsurance payment of 20% would be $20. The health insurance or plan pays the rest of the allowed amount.) See a detailed example.
Complications of Pregnancy
An amount you could owe during a coverage period (usually one year) for covered health care services before your plan begins to pay. An overall deductible applies to all or almost all covered items and services. A plan with an overall deductible may also have separate deductibles that apply to specific services or groups of services. A plan may also have only separate deductibles. (For example, if your deductible is $1000, your plan won’t pay anything until you’ve met your $1000 deductible for covered health care services subject to the deductible.) See a detailed example.
Durable Medical Equipment (DME)
Emergency Medical Condition
Emergency Medical Transportation
Emergency Room Care / Emergency Services
Home Health Care
Hospital Outpatient Care
Individual Responsibility Requirement
Maximum Out-of-pocket Limit
Minimum Essential Coverage
Minimum Value Standard
Network Provider (Preferred Provider)
Orthotics and Prosthetics
Out-of-network Provider (Non-Preferred Provider)
The most you could pay during a coverage period (usually one year) for your share of the costs of covered services. After you meet this limit the plan will usually pay 100% of the allowed amount. This limit helps you plan for health care costs. This limit never includes your premium, balance-billed charges or health care your plan doesn’t cover. Some plans don’t count all of your copayments, deductibles, coinsurance payments, out-of-network payments, or other expenses toward this limit. See a detailed example.