Healthcare Glossary

Key healthcare terms

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Waiting period
This is the period between employment or enrollment in a dental plan and the date when a covered person becomes eligible for benefits. Services subject to a waiting period could be crowns, bridges, or orthodontics.
Waiting period (Medicare)
This is the time between when you sign up with a Medicare plan and when the coverage starts.
Waiting period days remaining
This refers to the time remaining before the waiting period expires
Waiver of premium
This provision continues insurance coverage without further premium payments if the insured is totally disabled.
Witness
If you are visually impaired or speech impaired, a witness can participate in the enrollment process with you to confirm that you have understood the information to the best of your knowledge.
Workers’ compensation
Provision for payment of benefits to workers for accidental injuries or death arising from, and in the course of, employment.