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Know What Your Insurance Protects

Before selecting a policy from an employer menu (or shopping for an individual policy), you should be certain you understand the terms used by the health insurance industry. The meanings can vary slightly among insurers, so if a number or explanation doesn't match up with the following definitions, press the insurance provider for more details; there may be costs or exceptions hidden in the differences in jargon.

These terms, of course, aren't exclusive to individual policies. Many employers offer a menu of plans for you to select from that usually includes HMOs, PPOs, and traditional indemnity plans. Increasingly, companies are offering HSAs and dropping indemnity plans because they are so expensive.

Copyright 2006 Fred Brock