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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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IDENTIFICATION (ID) CARD
The card issued by the Plans to the member as evidence of membership. It shows name, number, types of coverage and effective date. Also called an ID card.

INCURRED
A charge is considered incurred on the date a member receives the service or supply for which the charge is made. 

INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNT
An agreement under which members are enrolled, billed personally, and pay subscription rates directly to the Plan. 

INITIAL ENROLLMENT
The first time a particular group of members enroll for coverage. 

ITEMIZED BILL
Bill indicating patient's name, provider's name, date of each service, type of each service and the charge for each.