pol·​i·​cy·​hold·​er | \ ˈpä-lə-sē-ˌhōl-dər \

Definition of policyholder

: the owner of an insurance policy

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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 Premiums for most South Florida policyholders have increased significantly over the past three years — a result of claims abuses and sharp upticks in costly litigation for major insurance carriers. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Finally, a bit of good news about insurance rates: 'Once in a while, Florida gets lucky'," 4 June 2018 Iskandar’s Listserv for State Farm policyholders across the region overflows with anecdotes of indignity. Susie Cagle, Curbed, "California’s changing fire country," 10 Oct. 2018 Anthem spokesman Jeff Blunt said the department inaccurately reported that the practice only applied to policyholders whose employers were self-insured, according to Capitol Letter, cleveland.com's daily Statehouse tip sheet. Laura Hancock, cleveland.com, "Anthem: New ER rule extends beyond the self-insured," 26 Feb. 2018 Insurance industry customers, for example, use Truepic to authenticate photos that policyholders submit as part of auto claims. Mike Freeman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Truepic raises $8 million to help flag bogus online photos for Reddit," 22 June 2018 Statewide, Citizens’ rate would increase an average 8.5 percent for 158,825 policyholders with multiperil coverage on their single-family homes. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Citizens Insurance seeks rate hikes near 10 percent for Broward, Miami-Dade," 19 June 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 \

Legal Definition of policyholder

: the owner of an insurance policy

called also policyowner

— compare subject

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