pre·​ex·​ist·​ing | \ ˌprē-ig-ˈzi-stiŋ How to pronounce preexisting (audio) \

Definition of preexisting

: existing at an earlier time a preexisting medical condition

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Even serving the needs of a preexisting universe, Gibson’s sensibility similarly feels at home here. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "How William Gibson’s long-lost Alien 3 script became 2019’s most intriguing audio drama," 24 June 2019 There’s a reason Trump is arguing for a new law that protects preexisting conditions: Many of the ACA’s provisions are extremely popular. Rachel Withers, Vox, "Trump’s response to the Obamacare ruling reveals his bind on healthcare," 15 Dec. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce preexisting (audio) \
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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