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Health | Healthcare and Health Insurance

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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Inpatient and Outpatient Benefits

Thanks to advances in technology, more and more medical treatments are being made on an outpatient basis. But what qualifies as an outpatient service? How do they differ from inpatient benefits, and what does that mean for your insurance coverage?


Flexible Savings Accounts

 Flexible Savings Accounts

Flexible spending accounts are accounts in which you can deposit a portion of your pre-tax paycheck. Learn about flexible spending accounts. See more »

Medical and Health Savings Accounts

 Medical and Health Savings Accounts

Medical and health savings accounts are consumer-driven options that cost less over the long run. Learn about medical and health savings accounts. See more »

Deductibles and Co-pays

Deductibles and Co-pays

Deductibles and co-pays are the two basic elements to any health care plan. Learn about the difference between health insurance deductibles and co-pays. See more »

Understanding Health Insurance

 Understanding Health Insurance

Health insurance costs are on the rise, with the brunt of the cost paid by employers. Learn about health insurance and health insurance plans. See more »