pre·​ex·​ist·​ing | \ˌprē-ig-ˈzi-stiŋ \

Definition of preexisting 

: existing at an earlier time a preexisting medical condition

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The Justice Department is partly supporting the suit, specifically the portion opposing required coverage for those with preexisting conditions. Sarah Gantz,, "Ever been depressed? Had cancer? Preexisting conditions can define your future," 28 June 2018 The Trump administration signed on to a long-shot lawsuit this week that would overturn the parts of the law that require insurers to cover preexisting conditions and not charge more for them. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "The fight over preexisting conditions is back. Here’s why the Obamacare battle won’t end.," 11 June 2018 Politically speaking, the protections for those with preexisting conditions or medical histories consistently have ranked among the most popular provisions of Obamacare, crossing partisan lines. Michael Hiltzik,, "Inside the Trump administration's assault on protections for people with preexisting medical conditions," 11 June 2018 The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed to make available short-term health plans that don’t cover preexisting conditions, in yet another effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Administration Proposes Obamacare-Flouting Health Plans," 20 Feb. 2018 The bill would leave many uninsured, including those with preexisting conditions. Mary Wang, Vogue, "What Women Need to Know This Week: Health-Care Bill, Justin Trudeau, Kaepernick’s Mother," 24 Sep. 2017 The television star's use of his show to discuss his son's preexisting condition — coverage of which is guaranteed under Obamacare — has made Kimmell one of the more prominent voices in the health policy debate. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Why celebrities wade into politics and why people listen to them — even conservatives," 22 Sep. 2017 Preexisting Conditions Health care sharing ministries aren’t required to cover preexisting conditions. Emily Bazar, Kaiser Health News, "Leap Of Faith: Will Health Care Ministries Cover Your Costs?," 28 July 2017 The Cruz Amendment is designed to lower premiums for younger and healthier people, at the risk of much higher premiums for those with preexisting health conditions. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Here Is Where Things Stand With the Senate Health Care Bill," 21 July 2017

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1599, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of preexisting

: existing at an earlier time : existing before something else


pre·​ex·​ist·​ing | \ˌprē-ig-ˈzi-stiŋ \
variants: or pre-existing

Medical Definition of preexisting 

: existing or present earlier or before a certain point of time In 1990, over 60 percent of group health insurance plans contained exclusions of coverage for preexisting conditions, signifying the denial of benefits for any illness present at the time the insurance is obtained. — Thomas Bodenheimer, in The New England Journal of Medicine, 23 June 1992

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