term insurance


Definition of term insurance 

: insurance for a specified period that provides for no payment to the insured except on losses during the period and that becomes void upon its expiration

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Short-term insurance had long been defined, by states and the federal government, as coverage lasting less than 12 months. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Trump Moves to Relax Rules on Cheaper Health Insurance," 20 Feb. 2018 The Trump administration has expanded non-Obamacare coverage, through association health plans and short-term insurance that is not required to comply with the law’s rules about preexisting conditions. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Obamacare premiums are going to go up in 2019. Here’s what you should know.," 15 June 2018 The administration is determined to open the gates wider to low-benefit plans that currently can be sold only as short-term insurance. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Inside the Trump administration's assault on protections for people with preexisting medical conditions," 11 June 2018 California lawmakers are weighing legislation that would forbid the use of short-term insurance plans entirely. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois groups push to restrict short-term insurance, as Trump administration seeks to expand it," 25 May 2018 Short-term insurance policies were originally intended for people who were between jobs or needed temporary coverage for other reasons. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Trump’s Plan for Cheaper Health Insurance Could Have Hidden Costs," 15 May 2018 Just last week, Medicare's own chief actuary, Paul Spitalnic, estimated that expanding short-term insurance would suck as many as 800,000 consumers out of the ACA market, driving premiums higher by 3% in the first year and up to 6% a year by 2022. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "States start pushing back against Trump's junky short-term health plans," 23 May 2018 Under current rules, such short-term insurance cannot last for more than three months. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Trump’s Plan for Cheaper Health Insurance Could Have Hidden Costs," 15 May 2018 Norton would offer short-term insurance and a cheap run-stopping option for the next four years. Terez A. Paylor, kansascity, "The Star’s seven-round Chiefs NFL draft projection, version 1.0 | The Kansas City Star," 14 Apr. 2018

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1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of term insurance was in 1897

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English Language Learners Definition of term insurance

: a type of insurance that is provided for a specified period of time

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Legal Definition of term insurance 

: insurance in effect for a set term specifically : term life insurance at life insurance

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