ALPHABET SOUP: Health Care Definitions for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Families in the United States are finding that their family’s health insurance picture is changing. This seems especially true for those families that have children with special health care needs. We must understand health insurance jargon in order to make good decisions for our children. If, unfortunately, decisions are made for us, it is even more important to know what they will mean for our child. Here’s a beginning list of definitions. Please send us those we missed, and we’ll update this list. Thanks! Access - Ability to receive services from a health care system or provider. Acute Care - Medical services provided after an accident or for a disease, usually for a short time. Adverse Selection - Occurs when those joining a health plan have higher medical costs than the general population; if too many enrollees have higher than average medical costs, the health pla
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