Your health insurance card: What it all means

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You carry it in your wallet just like any other identification card, but do you recognize all the elements of your health insurance ID card? The letters and numbers crammed onto that piece of plastic hold the keys to your coverage and help you and health care providers such as your doctor or a hospital understand your benefits. Hover over each section of the sample card below to see its purpose.

view-back yourIns ID Name HealthPlan1 GRP PCP family-member copays
Back of card view-back back-address back-insurance back-phone
Your plan type goes here and will typically include one of these initials:
  • HMO (health maintenance organization).
  • PPO (preferred provider organization).
  • POS (point-of-service).
  • EPO (exclusive provider organizations).

Sources: Aetna, and the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.


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