un·​der·​in·​sured | \ ˌən-dər-in-ˈshu̇rd How to pronounce underinsured (audio) \

Definition of underinsured

: not sufficiently insured

Examples of underinsured in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About half of them were underinsured, with deductibles accounting for 5% or more of their household income, or out-of-pocket health costs, excluding premiums, claiming 10% or more of household income over the past year. Laura Ungar, The Enquirer, 16 Oct. 2020 High numbers of people are underinsured, which leads to more out-of-pocket expenses that eat up monthly budgets and financially strain households. Frank J. Infurna, The Conversation, 11 June 2021 For the uninsured and underinsured, safety-net providers are available. Jennifer Chesak, Health.com, 7 June 2021 The settlement came from both State Farm, which insured the man driving the vehicle during the accident, and underinsured motorists insurer, USAA, according to a judge’s order filed March 25. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, 3 May 2021 And yet, as much as a third of eligible individuals are not up to date with their screening, experts say, with an even lower rate among the uninsured and underinsured, those with low incomes, and racial and ethnic minorities. Sasha Pezenik, ABC News, 18 May 2021 It was pointed out that the Catherine McAuley Clinic located next to the hospital will continue to provide health care to underserved and underinsured individuals. Karen Caffarini, chicagotribune.com, 4 May 2021 Even in Massachusetts, where there is a high rate of insured residents, patients with limited English proficiency tend to have higher risks of being uninsured or underinsured, which leads to worse health access and outcomes. Benjamin Allar, Scientific American, 24 Apr. 2021 Many grant recipients are small businesses, almost all of which were uninsured or underinsured. James Walsh, Star Tribune, 10 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of underinsured

1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Underinsured.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underinsured. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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un·​der·​in·​sured | \ ˌən-dər-in-ˈshu̇rd How to pronounce underinsured (audio) \

Legal Definition of underinsured

: not sufficiently insured : having insufficient insurance to cover losses or damages an underinsured motorist


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