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Definitions for common health insurance terms

private health insurance

DEFINITION: Private health insurance – plans marketed by the private health insurance industry – currently dominates the U.S. health care landscape, with approximately two-thirds of the non-elderly population covered by private health insurance.

Coverage includes policies obtained through employer-sponsored insurance, with approximately 62 percent of non-elderly Americans receiving insurance provided as a benefit of employment. Another 5 percent of the non-elderly group bought coverage outside of the workplace on the individual health insurance market. Read our overview of private health insurance.

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Making a mountain out of 7 million…

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October 30, 2013 – Not only will the states end up paying billions of dollars in uncompensated care for residents who remain uninsured, but private health… Read more

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A helping hand for Rep. Marsha…

March 28, 2013 – In fact, one of the real objectives of the “Time for Affordability” PR and advertising campaign the insurance industry is waging is to… Read more

Private health insurance has been the America way for nearly 100 years.

Private health insurance

September 29, 2010 – Private health insurance continues to dominate the U.S. health care landscape. The majority of Americans under 65 continue to get their… Read more


Health insurers really, really like…

June 22, 2010 – This headline from The Los Angeles Times had to be a day brightener for President Obama yesterday. The POTUS spent an awful lot of time… Read more