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Third Party Payer

A company or organization other than the patient or care provider that pays a portion of the costs for the individual's health care.

Transitional Coverage

If an individual or employer changes their insurance provider, the new provider will often offer transitional coverage for those currently in treatment. These programs generally involve consultation between the patient's current doctor and the new insurance provider about how best to continue care.

TRICARE

A health care program for active-duty and retired uniformed services members and their families.

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

The audit, evaluation and investigation arm of the U.S. Government.