in·sur·er | \in-ˈshu̇r-ər, -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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An Orange County resident with HIV is suing health insurer Aetna, claiming negligence and invasion of privacy. Naseem S. Miller,, "Person with HIV sues Aetna in Orange County," 11 July 2018 The move brought a sharp response from health insurers warning of market disruptions and higher costs. Fortune, "Trump Administration Freezes Payments to Affordable Care Act Insurers with Sicker Patients," 8 July 2018 This year, the health insurer conducted the review again, this time using guidelines from the new law, and determined that seven employees, six of them women, were being underpaid by $4,500 to $6,000 a year. Katie Johnston,, "As gender pay law kicks in, companies scrutinize wages," 30 June 2018 State government shut down for three days last year after Christie and lawmakers failed to reach a deal involving the state budget and changes Christie wanted to make to the state’s largest health insurer. Maddie Hanna,, "N.J. leaders reach budget deal, avert government shutdown," 30 June 2018 The nonprofit health insurer also co-led creation of the California Advanced Illness Collaborative, a group that is attempting to bring consensus to the minimum services that palliative care providers must offer. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "This type of care can sharply reduce medical costs, so why aren't doctors ordering it?," 25 June 2018 The health insurer is moving all its Southfield and some of its Detroit offices to the site. Detroit Free Press, "United Shore mortgage moves into new, amenity-filled Pontiac HQ," 23 June 2018 Health insurers responded by hiking rates specifically on these benchmark plans that are used to calculate the subsidies. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Obamacare premiums are going to go up in 2019. Here’s what you should know.," 15 June 2018 Health insurers have for years been raising premiums, complaining about uncertainty and withdrawing from the business of selling individual insurance plans, and more changes could further destabilize the market. Carolyn Y. Johnson, Houston Chronicle, "ACA lawsuit could jeopardize 52 million Americans’ access to health care," 11 June 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 \

Legal Definition of insurer 

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

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evasion of direct action or statement

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