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Learn about the amount of money you have to pay before your insurance kicks in.

  What is a deductible?


Health insurance jargon is confusing. We feel your pain.

And while there may not be a way around the word deductible, there is a way through it.

A deductible is the amount of money you have to pay before health insurance kicks in and starts paying for medical treatment and services.

This is Jill. Jill has a $1,000 annual deductible.

Let’s say Jill falls out of a tree and breaks her arm. 

She goes to her In-Network doctor and gets a bill for $700.

Jill will pay all $700 herself.

She still has $300 bucks left to meet her annual deductible for the year.

No insurance help yet.

In June, Jill twists her ankle while walking her dog.

This time her bill is $500.

Since Jill only has $300 to go to meet her deductible, her insurance covers the remaining $200.

However, some plans may include coinsurance and that will change the amount you owe.

Jill has now meet her Deductible. For the remainder of the year, Jill won’t have to pay towards her deductible. Horizon will start paying for all eligible services with the exception of your copay and/or coinsurance.

But in January, it starts all over again.

It is important to know that your Deductible is different than your copayment and coinsurance. Not all plans include all three types of member responsibility.

In Jill’s case, she had a copayment at the time she visited her doctor to fix her ankle that she paid in addition to the $300 payment that went to the Deductible.

Your plan may have a deductible, copayment and/or coinsurance.

To learn more about your plan, how much you have contributed to your deductible this year, and to verify your deductible, copayment and/or coinsurance amounts, visit

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