health insurance


Definition of health insurance

: insurance against loss through illness of the insured especially : insurance providing compensation for medical expenses

Examples of health insurance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Currently, child care workers earn about $10.70 an hour, and six out of seven get neither health insurance nor retirement benefits., "Elizabeth Warren on why we need universal child care now," 4 May 2021 All travelers to the Bahamas, regardless of their vaccination status, must apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa, which includes COVID-19 health insurance. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "The Bahamas Waives Testing Requirements for Vaccinated Travelers," 4 May 2021 Many in direct care work more than one job: one that offers health insurance, and their direct care job. Detroit Free Press, "Shortage of paid caregivers keeps family members up at night," 4 May 2021 Mike Kelly, a 58-year-old native of Pittsburgh with a wife and three children, made about $25 an hour, plus health insurance and a pension plan, as a toll collector on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Don Lee Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "In the wake of COVID, employers are accelerating the use of robots. Where does that leave workers?," 4 May 2021 There is no cost to get a shot, and participants do not need health insurance. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Virus-sniffing dog, Vegas boom, vaccine hecklers: News from around our 50 states," 3 May 2021 Tax breaks encourage people to buy homes and health insurance, send their children to college, save for retirement and give money to charity. New York Times, "Why a $10,000 Tax Deduction Could Hold Up Trillions in Stimulus Funds," 1 May 2021 Among them: lack of access to health insurance, the disproportionate burden of child care on women, the vulnerability of many people to poverty and more. Steve Chapman,, "Column: The dangers of Biden’s spending binge," 30 Apr. 2021 That move included other temporary measures to help people cope during the pandemic, like a tax break on unemployment benefits received in 2020 and benefits for businesses retaining their workers and for people purchasing health insurance. A Wall Street Journal Roundup, WSJ, "What Biden Has Done on Taxes, Border, Policing and More," 30 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of health insurance

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of health insurance was in 1901

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7 May 2021

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“Health insurance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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Medical Definition of health insurance

: insurance against loss through illness of the insured especially : insurance providing compensation for medical expenses

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Legal Definition of health insurance

: insurance against loss through illness or injury of the insured especially : insurance providing compensation for medical expenses and often income for disability

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