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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States have passed laws that require insurers to dispense larger amounts—a six-month supply, rather than three months, for example. The Economist, "Abortion laws get more attention in the culture wars," 20 July 2019 The goal is to bring Connecticut into compliance with the federal Mental Health Parity Act of 2008, which requires health insurers to treat mental health conditions and substance abuse disorders the same as physical ailments. Tess Vrbin,, "Gov. Lamont signs bill requiring insurers to provide equal coverage for mental health and substance abuse," 8 July 2019 Requiring health insurers offering plans to small employers and on the Maryland Health Connection exchange to provide a special enrollment period when policyholders or their spouses become pregnant. Scott Dance,, "Among new Maryland laws effective Monday: Help for parents paying thousands of dollars for child care," 1 July 2019 The nightmare scenario for existing health giants is any entity that cuts into the lucrative employer health care space, especially via direct negotiations with major insurers. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Who's Afraid of Amazon in Digital Health?⁠⁠⁠—Brainstorm Health," 21 June 2019 In 2008, Congress passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination by employers or insurers based on genetic data. David Lazarus,, "DNA-testing firms are lobbying to limit your right to genetic privacy," 2 July 2019 The decision by Riviera Beach's city council to pay the ransom may have been motivated by the city's insurer and by the damage done in Baltimore City by a ransomware attack in May. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Georgia courts (mostly) shrug off ransomware attack," 2 July 2019 Maryland lawmakers have unsuccessfully proposed bills that would require doctors, hospital and insurers to pay into a state fund for families whose children suffer such brain damage at birth. Tim Prudente,, "Baltimore jury awards record $229 million for brain injury during child's birth at Johns Hopkins Bayview," 2 July 2019 The Massachusetts CompareCare website allows consumers to look up prices by insurer. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 27 June 2019

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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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