Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)
PPO networks let the member choose where to go for care, without a referral from a primary care physician (PCP) or having to only use providers in your plan's provider network. These plans typically have higher monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs like copays, coinsurance and deductibles.
Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO)
An EPO offers a local network of doctors and hospitals to choose from. If you’re looking for lower monthly premiums and are willing to pay a higher deductible when you need health care, you may want to consider an EPO plan.
Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)
An HMO is designed to keep costs low and predictable by only using doctors and hospitals within the HMO network. It typically has low premiums, deductibles, and fixed copays for doctor visits. PCPs are the primary point of contact for all medical care, including specialty referrals.
Point of Service Plan (POS)
A POS plan requires that you get a referral from your PCP before seeing a specialist. This plan covers out-of-network doctors at a higher out-of-pocket cost than in-network doctors.
High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP)
A High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) has low premiums but higher immediate out-of-pocket costs. Employers often pair HDHPs with a Health Savings Account (HSA). This is a tax-free fund used to offset costs such as deductibles.