June 20, 2024

Healthy About Liver

Masters of Health

Key terms and definitions for signing up

Talk to your healthcare provider to get all the info you need.

Throughout my life, I’ve had the good fortune to stay on my parents’ health insurance plan. But this year I turned 26. So, when my company kicked off its open enrollment period, the window when your choose plans, it was time for me to spread my wings. 

Clicking the link to choose a plan felt daunting and it got worse when I started going through the selection process. What is an HSA? Or an FSA? Did I need that?

And what did high deductible versus low mean in terms of a plan?

Overwhelmed, I decided to talk to experts for help. One tip they gave me is to learn the language of enrollment before you start researching your health care plan. So, here’s a glossary of terms sourced by USA TODAY with additional resources to help you on your insurance selection journey.