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Glossary

We've compiled a list of common health care and health insurance related terms to help you better understand words commonly used in our industry and on our web site.

Terms appear in alphabetical order. To use the glossary, please choose the first letter of the term you would like to view.

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H

HCFA 1500
A universal form, developed by the governmental agency known as Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), for providers of service to bill professional fees to health carriers.

HEALTH BENEFITS PACKAGE
The services and products (coverage) a health plan offers a group or individual.  

HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (HIPAA)
A federal act that protects people who change jobs, are self-employed, or who have pre-existing medical conditions. HIPAA standardizes an approach to the continuation of health care benefits for individuals and members of small group health plans and establishes parity between the benefits extended to these individuals and those benefits offered to employees in large group plans. The act also contains provisions designed to ensure that prospective or current enrollees in a group health plan are not discriminated against based on health status. 

HEALTH SERVICES
The health care services or supplies covered under the contract.

HIPAA
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.