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What is a health insurance deductible?

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A deductible is a flat amount that you have to pay for health care services before your insurance plan begins to pay for them.

For example, if your deductible is $1,000 per year, your insurance company won't pay for anything until you've spent $1,000 of your own money for medical bills.

SOURCES:

National Association of Insurance Commissioners: "Glossary of Health Insurance and Medical Terms."

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Definitions of Health Insurance Terms."

Healthinsurance.org: "Health Insurance Glossary."

U.S. News and World Report: "Health Insurance Definitions."

HealthCare.gov   "Glossary, COBRA," "Glossary Health Savings Account," "The Health Insurance Marketplace," "Children's Pre-existing Conditions."

California Department of Insurance: "COBRA."

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on February 16, 2018

SOURCES:

National Association of Insurance Commissioners: "Glossary of Health Insurance and Medical Terms."

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Definitions of Health Insurance Terms."

Healthinsurance.org: "Health Insurance Glossary."

U.S. News and World Report: "Health Insurance Definitions."

HealthCare.gov   "Glossary, COBRA," "Glossary Health Savings Account," "The Health Insurance Marketplace," "Children's Pre-existing Conditions."

California Department of Insurance: "COBRA."

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on February 16, 2018

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