Glossary

Glossary

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Schedule of Benefits
A schedule of benefits is an outline of the benefits that a plan covers.  This section often describes the exact values of items to which the body of the plan document refers, such as the deductible and out-of-pocket maximum.  The schedule of benefits also includes any yearly or lifetime limitations on specific benefits.

Related Terms: Benefit, Deductible, Lifetime, Out-of-Pocket Maximum, Plan Document
Secondary Plan
A secondary plan is a plan of an insurance carrier that, when coordinating benefits with another plan, the plan provisions determine must process and pay claims after the primary plan.

Related Terms: Coordination of Benefits, Primary Plan
Section 125 Plan
A Section 125 plan is a flexible benefits plan, which conforms to the rules and regulations that IRC Section 125 describes.

Related Terms: Flexible Benefits Plan, Internal Revenue Code
Self-Funding
Self-funding is an arrangement where an employer pays claims with its own funds.  No insurance company collects premiums or assumes risk.  However, a self-funded employer may hire a third-party administrator (TPA) to process claims and a stop-loss insurer to cover excess losses.

Related Terms: Stop-Loss Coverage, Third-Party Administrator
Self-Insured
The term "self-insured" refers to self-funding.

Related Terms: Self-Funding
Shock Loss
Shock loss refers to a large loss that significantly affects the claims experience of a group.  It generally represents claims on a single claimant during a single contract period that totals more than 50 percent of the specific stop-loss deductible.

Related Terms: Claim, Specific Deductible, Specific Stop-Loss, Stop-Loss Coverage
Short-Term Disability — STD
STD coverage is temporary income replacement for a covered person who is disabled because of an accident or illness.
Small Employer Group Health Coverage Act
The Small Employer Group Health Coverage Act is a state law in Michigan that regulates health plans that are offered to small employers (i.e., an employer with two to 50 employees on 50 percent of its working days during the preceding and current calendar years).  The Act sets minimum participation standards, prohibits carriers from imposing pre-existing condition waiting periods for new and late enrollees, allows affiliation periods, and prohibits a minimum contribution level for employers.

Related Terms: Affiliation Period, Pre-Existing Condition, Waiting Period
SMM
The term "SMM" means summary of material modifications.

Related Terms: Summary of Material Modifications
SPD
The term "SPD" means summary plan description.

Related Terms: Summary Plan Description
Special Enrollment Period
A special enrollment period is the time an individual with special enrollment rights has to make enrollment elections under a plan.  The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and federal regulations issued persuant to HIPAA prescribe the circumstances under which an individual has special enrollment rights.

Related Terms: Annual Open Enrollment Period, Enrollment, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
Specific Deductible
The specific deductible is the dollar amount that an employer's plan must pay before the specific stop-loss policy will reimburse additional expenses.

Related Terms: Deductible, Specific Stop-Loss, Stop-Loss Coverage
Specific Stop-Loss
Specific stop-loss coverage is a type of excess-risk coverage that provides protection for the policyholder (e.g., the employer) against claims on any one individual that exceed a predetermined amount (e.g., the specific deductible) during a specified contract period.

Related Terms: Specific Deductible, Stop-Loss Coverage
STD
The term "STD" means short-term disability.

Related Terms: Short-Term Disability
Stop-Loss Coverage
Stop-loss coverage is an insurance policy that a self-funded employer purchases in order to protect against catastrophic loss.  It is also called excess-loss coverage.

Related Terms: Aggregate Stop-Loss Coverage, Specific Stop-Loss
Subrogation
Subrogation is the plan's right to recover benefits that are paid to a covered person through legal suit against another party if the expenses the covered person incurred and the employer's plan paid are the fault of another party.  Subrogation includes the plan's right to be substituted in legal action against any party from which the covered person may recover.
Summary of Material Modifications — SMM
An SMM is a summary of plan changes that an employer must distribute to plan participants when there is a modification to the plan or a change in the information that regulations require to be in the summary plan description (SPD).

Related Terms: Amendment, Plan Document, Summary Plan Description
Summary Plan Description — SPD
An SPD is an easy-to-read document that describes a plan's benefits, eligibility provisions, employee rights, and appeal procedures.

Related Terms: Amendment, Plan Document, Summary of Material Modifications

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