Health insurance that is usually purchased by an employer or individually from a private/commercial health insurance company. This does not include health plans that are purchased through federal or state government employers. Commercial plans are generally offered as a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), Point of Service (POS), or Health Maintenance Organization (HMO).
Health insurance that is funded by the federal or state government. Examples include Medicare Part D plans, Medicaid plans, VA, TriCare, and Federal Employee Health plans.
Health insurance that is purchased through government-regulated marketplaces with different tiers or levels of coverage. Health exchanges were established in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Examples of Exchange plans include "Metal Tier" plans in gold, silver or bronze plans.
Check out the Glossary if you have questions about what certain insurance terms mean.
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