in·​sur·​er | \ in-ˈshu̇r-ər How to pronounce insurer (audio) , -ˈshər-\

Definition of insurer

: one that insures specifically : an insurance underwriter

Examples of insurer in a Sentence

In this policy, the insurer agrees to pay for all medical expenses.

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Pharmacy benefits managers, the mysterious middlemen between health insurers and drugmakers, are viewed skeptically by lawmakers and the public. Dylan Scott, Vox, "What the new Democratic House majority might actually pass on health care," 7 Nov. 2018 PillPack now works within the existing system of insurers and PBMs. Fortune, "Jeff Bezos Just Did President Trump a Big Favor on Drug Pricing," 28 June 2018 The deal comes as the health care industry is undergoing a series of convulsions in response to rising costs and pressure on drug makers, pharmacy benefit managers, and insurers. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Amazon agrees to buy PillPack in a bid to remake the pharmaceutical supply chain," 28 June 2018 Founded in 2011, Qualcomm Life supplies connected health-care hardware, software and services to more than 2,300 hospitals, as well as medical device makers, pharmaceutical firms, insurers and other health industry customers. Mike Freeman,, "Amid cost cuts, Qualcomm eyes partial sale of health tech subsidiary Qualcomm Life," 21 June 2018 Ultimately, the idea's success depends on buy-in from plan sponsors, consumers, insurers and state regulators. Ricardo Alonzo-zaldivar, USA TODAY, "New health insurance option from Trump administration would lower cost for fewer benefits," 19 June 2018 Ultimately, the idea's success depends on buy-in from plan sponsors, consumers, insurers and state regulators. NBC News, "Trump unveils new health plan; Democrats call it 'junk insurance'," 19 June 2018 Patients who had been taking one or two pills a day would see higher costs, and even if future evidence supported the use of lower doses of the drug, patients, insurers and health systems would not save money. Carolyn Y. Johnson, ajc, "After outcry, drugmakers decide not to triple the price of a cancer pill," 16 May 2018 But now that employers, insurers and state and federal governments seem determined to curb growth in health care spending and to combat overcharges and wasteful procedures, the return on such investments is less of a sure thing., "Maryland Proton Treatment Center's restructuring reflects a bubble in health care investment," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of insurer

1654, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of insurer

: a company that provides insurance


in·​sur·​er | \ in-ˈshu̇r-ər How to pronounce insurer (audio) \

Legal Definition of insurer

: one that contracts to indemnify another by way of insurance : an insurance company or underwriter

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a strong desire or propensity

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