pol·​i·​cy·​hold·​er | \ ˈpä-lə-sē-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce policyholder (audio) \

Definition of policyholder

: the owner of an insurance policy

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Barker, a Chicago lawyer with the firm Dentons, said that until the 1970s, lawyers hired by insurance companies to represent a policyholder typically thought of the company as their chief client. Topher Sanders, ProPublica, "A Lawsuit Over Ferguson’s “Debtors Prison” Drags On," 31 May 2019 In addition to Medicaid managed care, some policyholders work for companies that hire Anthem to provide health insurance. Laura Hancock, cleveland.com, "Ohio House bill would prohibit Anthem, other insurers from denying some ER claims," 5 Mar. 2018 There are several legal entities named Safe Harbor registered in the U.S. Safe Harbor isn’t used as a selling point to attract new policyholders, and its existence isn’t disclosed in any marketing materials. Leslie Scism, WSJ, "L.A. Dodgers Are Part of an Unorthodox $20 Billion Plan to Backstop Insurers," 24 Nov. 2018 Property and casualty insurers are less enthusiastic, however, to hear consumer advocates argue that a break in taxes means policyholders should get a break on rates. David Muller, Car and Driver, "Insurers Could See “Windfall Profit” from Tax Cut but Argue against Lower Rates," 12 Feb. 2018 Insurance companies have filed dozens of lawsuits calling for PG&E to reimburse them for settling claims from policyholders. Olga R. Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Officials: Power lines ignited fatal blaze in California," 10 Oct. 2018 The Boston hedge fund last year bought CSAA Insurance Group’s claims to recover from PG&E roughly $1 billion CSAA has paid out to policyholders following wildfires in 2017, people familiar with the transaction said. Nicole Friedman, WSJ, "PG&E Was a Hedge-Fund Darling. That Bet Flopped.," 14 Jan. 2019 Many early universal-life policyholders swapped into this. Leslie Scism, WSJ, "Universal Life Insurance, a 1980s Sensation, Has Backfired," 19 Sep. 2018 The payments are drawn from insurers with a preponderance of relatively healthy customers to subsidize those with a larger contingent of less-healthy policyholders. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Trump’s Latest Affordable Care Act Move Adds to Insurers’ Uncertainty," 8 July 2018

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1818, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of policyholder

: a person who owns an insurance policy


pol·​i·​cy·​hold·​er | \ ˈpä-lə-sē-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce policyholder (audio) \

Legal Definition of policyholder

: the owner of an insurance policy

called also policyowner

— compare subject

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to take the place or position of

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