Glossary — Learn Insurance Terms and Phrases

Here are some terms that get thrown around whenever people are talking about insurance. There are some very basic ones — and some pretty advanced ones. Look around — hopefully it will give you a better sense of what the insurance companies are talking about.

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Federal Poverty Level / FPL

The feds decide the income brackets for Medi-caid, cost-share reduction plans with a subsidy, subsidized plans, or not qualifying for assistance.  The FPL guidelines are based on tax filing household and income.  It changes every year.

Formulary (aka Drug List)

Used by insurance companies, it is a pre-approved list of preferred, commonly prescribed prescription drugs. These drugs are chosen by a team of doctors and pharmacists because of the drugs’ clinical superiority, safety, ease of use and cost (but mostly costs!).

FSA / Flexible Spending Account

If your employer offers this, an account in which to put tax-free money to pay for medical expenses, but you can only contribute a certain amount determined by the feds every year.

Future Increase Option

In Disability Insurance, an optional benefit which allows you to purchase additional coverage up to a stated age, regardless of health, as long as your income warrants the increase

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