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Whether you're choosing a doctor or trying to navigate health insurance jargon, these articles will help you understand the health insurance system.

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Provider Networks

A provider network is a list of physicians, hospitals and other providers that offer health care services to patients in a managed-care insurance plan. Managed-care plans are usually more affordable than other kinds of plans -- but they limit your freedom to choose your own doctors.


Working with Multiple Healthcare Providers

 Working with Multiple Healthcare Providers

Working with multiple healthcare providers requires patience and flexibility. Learn more about working with multiple healthcare providers from HowStuffWorks. See more »

Wellness Programs

 Wellness Programs

Wellness programs are programs that are designed to improve health and lower health care costs. Learn about different types of wellness programs. See more »

High-risk Health Insurance Pools

 High-risk Health Insurance Pools

High-risk health insurance pools are programs that are meant to provide health care to those what can't afford it. Learn about high-risk health insurance pools. See more »

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

HIPAA was enacted in 1996 in order to ensure both health coverage and privacy for patients. Learn about some of the different aspects of HIPAA. See more »

COBRA Insurance

 COBRA Insurance

COBRA gives former employees the option to continue with their health coverage once they leave the group plan. Learn more about COBRA insurance. See more »

Outpatient Procedures

 Outpatient Procedures

Outpatient procedures fortunately don't require an overnight stay in a hospital. Learn about the benefits and types of outpatient procedures. See more »

Reasonable and Customary Charges

 Reasonable and Customary Charges

Reasonable and customary charges are what insurance companies are willing to pay for medical services. Read how reasonable and customary charges work. See more »

Pre-existing Conditions

 Pre-existing Conditions

Pre-existing conditions can cause problems when someone is shopping for health care plans. Learn about pre-existing condition health care plans. See more »

Insurance Exclusions

 Insurance Exclusions

Exclusions are items or services that are not covered by your health insurance plan. Learn about common health insurance exclusions. See more »

Non-network Services

Non-network Services

Non-network services are any kind of medical care outside of your network of health care providers. Find out what non-networks services are and how they work. See more »