Keep the following terms in mind, as they will help make the search for insurance easier:
- Obamacare - a nickname (sometimes considered derogatory) for the Affordable Care Act. Its full name is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It was signed into law by President Barack Obama in March of 2010.
- Healthcare Marketplace - a resource for those without health insurance to find affordable coverage through either a state or federal exchange.
- Subsidized Health Insurance - The passing of the Affordable Care Act began the process of subsidizing (offering at a lower cost) health insurance plans for those who cannot otherwise afford health insurance and medical care.
- Medical Insurance - another term for health insurance. Also synonymous with healthcare plans and medical coverage.
- Health Insurance Companies - companies which underwrite (provide) health insurance plans. They are responsible for paying out claims when their beneficiaries (customers) receive medical care.
- Health Insurance Quotes - most health insurance companies are required to give you an accurate estimate of what you should expect to pay as well as the terms of your health insurance plan, should you decide to do business with them. These estimates are commonly referred to as a “quote”.
- Premium - the monthly cost you must pay to maintain your health insurance coverage. Also sometimes referred to as a “monthly premium”.
- Deductible - a fixed dollar amount your insurance company will require you to pay out-of-pocket for your medical care before they will pay out any claims. The deductible and monthly premium are inversely related: the higher the premium, the lower the deductible, and vice versa.