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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The targeted provisions include protections for those with preexisting conditions. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "The GOP’s Self-Made Health-Care Conundrum," 5 Sep. 2019 Because preexisting conditions should not be the barrier to getting access to health care. NBC News, "Meet the Press - August 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 There are no health risks associated with the spraying, even for those with preexisting health conditions such as asthma or chemical sensitivity, and no special precautions are recommended, officials said. Maria Lovato,, "22 communities at high risk from mosquito-borne virus; Mass. to spray insecticide," 6 Aug. 2019 That leaves preexisting agreements with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Jeffersontown Police Department. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Ahead of Tuesday vote, JCPS board is divided over resource officers in schools," 5 Aug. 2019 One of the most popular provisions of the ACA prohibits price discrimination against those with preexisting conditions. E.j. Dionne Jr., The Mercury News, "Dionne: How the GOP may pave the way for ‘socialized medicine’," 11 July 2019 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

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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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