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Monday, March 2

Dual Eligibles

Medicare Part A and/or B recipients who either qualify for Medicare Savings Program or qualify for Medicaid benefits.

Friday, February 27

Obamacare

Commonly used political shorthand for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the 2010 health care reform law signed by President Obama; also referred to as the Affordable Care Act or ACA.

Thursday, February 26

Intensive Care

The care of seriously ill patients in a special hospital unit.

Wednesday, February 25

Premium

Refers to the amount paid for health insurance, usually on a monthly basis.

Tuesday, February 24

Market Power

The size of one firm relative to its competitors in a given market. Certain insurers or health systems have greater market power which enhances their ability to set prices.

Custodial Care

Health care services not related to medical necessity, such as assistance with bathing, eating, and walking.