A deductible is the amount of money that you (the insured) would need to pay before you can use any benefits from your health insurance plan. For example, if a person has a $1,000 deductible, that person will have to pay $1,000 for medical care before their insurance company pays anything. The deductible is an annual amount, something that you need to pay every year.

There are certain things, such as doctor’s visits and prescriptions, that will be available before you meet the deductible. For example, that same person would not need to pay $1,000 for medical care or services before their insurance started paying for their prescription.

Your deductible amount and what is exempt from the deductible will be outlined in your insurance plan language so you will know what your annual deductible is before you enroll.