I have created some simple insurance vocabulary worksheets for my students based on the following master vocabulary list : DOC (Word97)
Accident insurance – covers the medical expenses as the result of a bodily injury or death. This does not cover self-inflicted injury, intentional harm from another person, homicide, sickness or death from natural causes.
Accumulation period – timeframe within a policy period in which deductible amounts are calculated.
Actuarial valuation – a review of insurance and calculation that an insurance company makes to determine the premium, rate, and reserves based on the expected expenses of issuing coverage.
AD&D – Accidental death and dismemberment insurance.
Affiliation of Health Providers – a partnership of health care providers who collectively offer health care coverage to a specific group.
After care – the care, follow-up treatment or therapy needed by a patient who has recently undergone surgery, been involved in an accident or has had an illness requiring hospitalization.
Agency of record – the agency that is recognized by the customer as the person who will handle insurance transactions on their behalf.
Attachment – a rider or modification added to a policy that makes changes, restrictions or clarifications to the coverage.
Beneficiary – the person named in a life insurance policy to receive the proceeds.
Benefit plan – the services offered to the employees of a company which include health insurance, vacation time off and may include life insurance, dental and vision insurance, disability insurance and other services.
Binder – an agreement to provide insurance prior to a policy being issued, many times used as a temporary policy until a permanent policy has been issued.
Blanket coverage – a policy that covers an entire group of people and issues specific medical insurance to all of them.
Broker – a licensed, legal representative of the policyholder who negotiates with insurance underwriters on behalf of the insured, but is paid a commission from the insurance company.
Cash value – the amount a life insurance policy is worth if it is canceled prior to maturity.
Catastrophe insurance – covers major medical expenses in the case of major illnesses such as cancer.
Claim – a formal request for payment or services covered by the insurance policy.
COB – Coordination of Benefits – provisions made to avoid duplication of payments from more than one policy, in which one insurer is designated as the primary insurer over all others.
COBRA – Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act – a federal law enacted in 1985 that requires an employer to extend health insurance to a former employee and his dependents.
Coinsurance – the amount of a claim not covered by the insurance policy which the policyholder is responsible to pay.
Comprehensive major medical insurance – combines the coverages of basic and major medical insurance to include a wide array of medical expenses. Typically this is provided as group insurance and is subject to either a deductible amount and coinsurance restrictions.
Co-Pay – a set fee paid by the policyholder for medical expenses upon each occurrence, such as a doctor’s office visit, pharmaceutical purchase, and other medical services.
Death benefit – the amount of money paid to the beneficiary when the insured, in a life insurance policy, dies.
Deductible – the amount that the policyholder must pay within a specified accumulation period before the insurance company will pay for coverage.
Dental insurance – health insurance that covers specific dental services.
Disability insurance – insurance which provides income to employees that become disabled by sickness or injury which is not related to their employment.
Discounted premiums – an insurance premium that is reduced or given credits because it was paid prior to the date it was due.
Dismemberment benefits – the amount of money paid to a person who has permanently lost the use of a part of their body or has a member of their body permanently severed.
Double indemnity – a life insurance policy that pays double the benefit if death is caused by accident.
DRG – Diagnostic Related Group – a cost commitment schedule developed by Medicare whereby medical services providers set a uniform payment for specific services.
EEOC – Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – a federal commission that oversees employment discrimination, including physical disabilities and handicaps.
Effective date – the date which an insurance policy becomes eligible to pay for claims.
Eligibility period – the limited timeframe in which an employee can request to be a part of a group plan without having to prove their insurability (such as taking a physical exam).
Elimination period – a waiting period after a disability in which no claims are paid.
ERISA – Employee Retirement Income Security Act or the Pension Reform Act – a 1974 federally enacted law that requires employers to protect the assets of pension funds set up as employee benefits.
Evidence of insurability – proof of ones physical condition and occupation.
Exclusion – a condition or circumstance that is not covered by the insurance policy.
Experience – actuarial gains and losses based on the claims of a group or an individual policyholder.
Extended health insurance – health coverage for retirees to supplement Medicare and any retirement health insurance.
Face value – life insurance amount to be paid upon death of the insured or on the maturity of the policy.
Family deductible – a health insurance deductible that is based on the medical expenses of the collective members of a family rather than one individual. See deductible.
Family health plan – health insurance that covers a family as a small group rather than multiple individuals.
Fee for service – traditional health insurance that puts no restrictions on choice of doctors, hospitals or medical services providers regardless of network affiliation.
First dollar coverage – coverage that pays the entire amount covered without the use of a deductible.
First loss – insurance policy that pays claims before other policies that cover the same loss.
First named – the insured that is named first on the declarations of an insurance policy. This is the person the insurance company will notify with all correspondence.
Flexible benefit plan – a benefits package that allows the employee to choose certain benefits, a range of deductible amounts, and to designate specific benefits as pre-tax benefits.
Flexible spending account – Section 125 plan – provides tax savings by reducing employee medical premiums from your gross salary prior to calculation of federal income and social security taxes, as allowed under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 125.
Free-look period – typically a 10 day period where a newly insured policyholder can cancel a policy and receive a full refund of the premium.
Full coverage – insurance policy without a deductible.
General agent – an independent agent that represents one or more insurance companies.
Group insurance – an insurance program designed to offer health insurance to persons belonging to a group (business, association, professional group, etc.) and their families. As a group, premiums are typically less expensive and choice of benefits broader than purchasing individual health policies.
Guaranteed insurability – a provision in some policies that guarantees the insured the right to purchase additional coverage without providing proof of insurability.
Guaranteed renewable – a provision in some policies in which the insurance company guarantees the right of the insured to renew without changing any of the terms, conditions or benefits of the policy except the rates, which must be applied to all in the class and not single out an individual. There are time restrictions placed upon guaranteed renewables.
Health indemnity plan – a group plan that reimburses the insured for covered medical expenses, less deductibles and co-payments, after they have paid the health care provider.
HMO – Health Maintenance Organization – an organization that maintains a system that provides health care in a geographic location. The HMO sets limits on the services performed by health care facilities. It is offered to a group of persons who may enroll voluntarily in the organization and who pre-pay for the service in regular intervals irregardless of the amount of actual services rendered.
Hospital income insurance – hospital confinement insurance – a policy that pays the insured while being hospitalized for a specified period. This benefit is paid regardless of other insurance or medical expenses.
Hospitalization insurance – reimbursement for specified expenses while being hospitalized due to illness or injury.
HRA – Health Reimbursement Arrangement – an IRS approved tax-favored benefit that reimburses employees for qualified medical care expenses not reimbursed by an employer’s health plan.
HSA – Health Savings Accounts – a tax advantaged savings plan (a financial account with various restrictions) available to taxpayers in the United States to cover current and future medical expenses. It allows money to be put in before tax is paid on it and then to withdraw the money tax free for qualified medical expenses. A person must be covered by a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) to be eligible for an HSA. The premium for a HDHP generally is less than the premium for traditional health care coverage. Money saved on insurance premiums might be put into the Health Savings Account, or employed for other purposes.
Impaired risk – an applicant who has pre-existing poor health or is in substandard physical condition, is engaged in dangerous activities, or has a hazardous occupation.
Impairment exclusion – a rider added to an insurance policy that excludes paying for claims due to a pre-existing condition.
Insured – the policyholder. Sometimes referred to as the assured.
Insurer – the insurance company.
IRA – Individual Retirement Account – a tax-deferred savings plan for individuals who are not covered under an employer’s retirement plan.
Keogh – a qualified retirement plan for self-employed persons.
Key employee insurance – a policy purchased by an employer that pays the employer should a key person within the organization become ill, disabled or die.
Lapse – termination of an insurance policy for nonpayment of the premium.
Limited health service plan – a policy that covers only specific types of services, illnesses or medical specialties.
Limited risk health insurance – a policy that has very low limits and benefits. Often used as a supplement to Medicare.
Living benefits – in the case of a terminal illness, the proceeds of a life insurance policy are paid to offset medical expenses prior to the death of the insured.
Long-term disability insurance – a policy that pays income to the insured during illnesses, injuries or disabilities that last longer than 90 days.
Loss – the amount the insurance company is required to pay on a claim.
Loss experience – the history of claims paid by an insurance company on a specific policy over a period of time.
Major medical insurance – a policy that covers most serious medical expenses up to a maximum limit, usually after a deductible and coinsurance have been met.
Managed care – a plan that puts limits on the number and types of treatments as well as the health care service providers and facilities that are covered. Each recognized provider agrees to a negotiated fee structure for health care procedures, thus lowering costs for both the insurance company and the insured.
Managing physician or primary physician – in a HMO or PPO, the program-approved health care provider whom the insured must contact first with all medical concerns.
Master policy – in a group insurance, the insurance policy that guarantees coverage to all members of the group.
Medicaid – federal program offering government assistance for the medical needs of the needy.
Medical expense insurance – a policy that pays for medical, surgical and hospitalization expenses.
Medical service plan – a plan that is offered by a group of participating physicians that limits the insured to only the services provided within the group.
Medicare – the federal governmental program offering hospitalization and supplemental medical coverage to U.S. citizens over the age of 65.
Medigap – supplemental health insurance designed to cover the expenses and services not covered by Medicare.
Military service exclusion – a provision that excludes coverage for injuries, illnesses, disabilities or death while performing active service in the military.
Misrepresentation – lying or misleading an insurance company about the facts affecting a policy. Misrepresentation is grounds for voiding a policy.
Morbidity rate – a mathematical calculation that shows the ratio of occurrence of illnesses and diseases to a specific classification of people.
Mortality rate – a mathematical calculation that shows the ratio of occurrence of death to a specific classification of people.
Named insured – the person designated on the policy as the insured or policyholder.
Net cash value – in a life insurance policy, the cash value minus any outstanding loans plus the dividends.
Nonrenewable – when an insurance company chooses not to renew a policy upon or after its expiration date. There are state laws regulating how a nonrenewable coverage is to be handled by the insurer.
Open enrollment – the designated period of time when eligible members can subscribe to a health insurance plan.
Optional renewable contract – a group plan contract that gives the insurance company the right to renew or terminate coverage for the group during each renewal period.
Partial disability – inability to perform one or more, but not all of the duties of one’s job due to illness or injury.
Participant – any individual who is eligible for benefits.
Permanent total disability – the inability to perform any job due to illness or injury.
Policy year – the year beginning with the effective date or the renewal date of a policy.
Policyholder – the insured who is named on the insurance policy.
Premium – the amount of money an insurer charges to provide coverage.
Proceeds – in life insurance, the policy benefits that are payable upon the maturity of the policy or death of the insured.
Qualified retirement plan – an employee benefits plan whereby contributions by an employer are tax deductible as business expenses, as defined by IRS code. Employee contributions are treated as tax-deferred income and are not subject to federal taxes until they are dispersed after retirement.
Renewal – a policy issued to replace one that has expired.
Rider – an attachment or endorsement added to a policy.
Self Administered Plan – an employer-funded and administered benefits plan.
SEP – simplified employee pension plan, designed for small businesses.
*Note: I am not the creator of this vocabulary list.
I have omitted some of the less essential words from the worksheets as to not overwhelm my intermediate-level students. The worksheets do not have the answers. Answers can be obtained from the master vocabulary list.