re·​in·​sur·​ance | \ ˌrē-ən-ˈshu̇r-ən(t)s, ˌrē-ən-ˈshər- also (ˌ)rē-ˈin-ˌshu̇r-, (ˌ)rē-ˈin-ˌshə̇r-\

Definition of reinsurance

: insurance by another insurer of all or a part of a risk previously assumed by an insurance company

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The couple had previously built an insurance and reinsurance business from three employees to 156 in Indianapolis. David Lyons,, "Sharon Day, U.S. envoy to Costa Rica, lists L'Hermitage penthouse in Fort Lauderdale for $5.225 million," 28 June 2018 Wisconsin won federal approval for a reinsurance program for 2019. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Wisconsin ObamaCare Howlers," 29 Aug. 2018 For all the gloom, the 2017 losses were also proof of the resilience of the reinsurance industry. The Economist, "Storm-tossedNatural disasters made 2017 a year of record insurance losses," 11 Jan. 2018 In Oregon, rates are about 7 percent lower thanks to reinsurance, the committee was told. Scott Bauer, The Seattle Times, "Walker’s reinsurance plan wins support from insurers, others," 12 Feb. 2018 In exchange for those referrals, insurers bought reinsurance, a sort of insurance for insurers, from PHH’s subsidiaries, and PHH took those fees as kickbacks. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Consumer advocacy groups are extremely worried about Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 Unfortunately, only about one-third of those losses were insured, according to Monica Ningen, head of property underwriting for the United States and Canada with the reinsurance company Swiss Re. Brandon Miller And Jennifer Gray, CNN, "Five lessons of the extraordinary 2017 hurricane season," 1 June 2018 The state is proposing to establish a $462 million reinsurance fund with money raised by a state levy on insurance companies plus some federal funds. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Maryland program to stabilize Obamacare hits snag over dispute about payments to insurers," 18 May 2018 In Minnesota, which created a reinsurance program to help pay for customers’ expensive medical conditions, carriers are actually seeking lower premiums. Reed Abelson, New York Times, "Obamacare Is Proving Hard to Kill," 3 July 2018

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1705, in the meaning defined above

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re·​in·​sur·​ance | \ ˌrē-ən-ˈshu̇r-əns, -ˈin-ˌshu̇r- \

Legal Definition of reinsurance

: insurance or indemnification by a second insurer of all or part of a risk assumed by another insurer as contracted for by the first insurer — see also cede — compare direct insurance, retrocession sense 3

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