Definition of 'Out-of-Pocket Limit'
Once you reach your out-of-pocket limit, your insurance company will pay 100% of the cost of covered medical services for the rest of the year. However, some plans have annual or lifetime limits on the amount of money they'll pay for covered services.
It's important to know your out-of-pocket limit and your plan's annual and lifetime limits so you can plan for your medical expenses. You can find this information in your insurance plan documents.
Here are some examples of out-of-pocket costs:
* Copayments: A copayment is a fixed amount you pay for each doctor's visit or prescription.
* Deductibles: A deductible is the amount of money you have to pay for covered medical expenses before your insurance starts to pay.
* Coinsurance: Coinsurance is a percentage of the cost of covered medical services that you pay after you've met your deductible.
* Non-covered expenses: Non-covered expenses are medical expenses that your insurance doesn't pay for at all.
If you have a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), you'll have to pay for a lot of your medical expenses out-of-pocket before your insurance starts to pay. However, HDHPs typically have lower monthly premiums than other types of health plans.
If you have a low-deductible health plan (LDHP), you'll have to pay less out-of-pocket for medical expenses, but your monthly premiums will be higher.
It's important to choose a health plan that fits your needs and budget. Consider your health status, your expected medical expenses, and your monthly budget when making your decision.
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