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 There is no role for health insurance and no need for one. John C. Goodman, Forbes, "Mark Cuban’s Health Plan," 8 Apr. 2021 In the huge Medicaid health insurance program for the poor, aged and disabled, the Senate again proposed to cover only caseload growth, not medical inflation. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Texas Senate passes $250.7B, two-year budget that keeps promises to schools but squeezes elsewhere," 6 Apr. 2021 According to San Diego County’s latest count, about 910,000 of San Diego’s 3.3 million residents are covered by Medi-Cal, the state’s health insurance program for disadvantaged residents. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scripps, UCSD focus on “long haul” COVID-19 symptoms," 3 Apr. 2021 In addition, the bill would require prenatal doula services to be covered under Medicaid, a state and federally funded health insurance program for low-income and other individuals. Lisa Schencker,, "No more hospital closures in Illinois during pandemic? Bill that would allow state board to pause closures close to becoming law," 1 Apr. 2021 California courts ruled that NCAA members should at the very least pay for athletes' health insurance and cover the real cost of attendance, which comes out to more than tuition, books, meals and lodging. Johnny Magdaleno, The Indianapolis Star, "NCAA on the hook after Indiana courts say insurers don't need to cover $208M settlement," 30 Mar. 2021 But Roberts also struck down a condition that Obamacare placed on states’ continued participation in Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for low-income people. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "Republican Brats Are Complaining About Getting Billions in Covid Relief," 19 Mar. 2021 Lamont has been cool to the proposal, questioning any plan calling for the public to financially back up a state health insurance program. Russell Blair,, "Connecticut Politics Week in Review: Federal stimulus will bring $10B to Connecticut to help with COVID-19 recovery," 12 Mar. 2021 The government health insurance program enrolls 62 million people, mostly 65 and older and those with disabilities. Laura Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio doctor tapped to lead national medical committee," 27 Feb. 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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13 Apr 2021

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“Health insurance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 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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