When you enroll in the exclusive provider organization (EPO), you must use the plan’s national network of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers to receive benefits; the EPO does not cover care received from out-of-network providers except for emergency services.
To better understand the coverage provided under the EPO, it’s important to know these key terms.
The deductible is a specified annual dollar amount you must pay for covered medical services before the plan begins to pay benefits.
A copay is a flat dollar amount that you pay upfront for certain services when using network providers.
Coinsurance (previously referred to as a copayment) is the percentage of the cost for covered services that you pay after you pay the deductible:
The total maximum out-of-pocket is the most you will pay in a year in the form of deductibles, copays, and coinsurance. If your covered out-of-pocket expenses reach the total maximum out-of-pocket amount, the plan will pay 100 percent of allowable costs for the rest of the year.
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