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 Many Americans are underinsured, meaning that they can be exposed to high out of pocket expenses, or surprise billing. Naomi Thomas, CNN, "Coronavirus stresses Americans more than others, study finds," 6 Aug. 2020 To implement a telehealth platform in order to connect uninsured and underinsured residents in Cuyahoga County with free health care, health insurance, and other navigation services. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Greater Cleveland COVID-19 response fund awards $1.1 million in grants," 26 June 2020 The gala typically draws 270 people and raises around $90,000 for the nonprofit’s mission of providing breast cancer diagnosis and treatment for uninsured, underinsured or low-income patients. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, "Breast cancer nonprofit, event space dispute over $13,000 deposit after COVID-related gala cancellation," 16 June 2020 While many employers rely on essential workers to use their health insurance to cover testing, certainly there are protesters and other essential workers who are uninsured or underinsured. Brooke Cunningham, Time, "Protesting Police Brutality and Racial Oppression Is Essential Work," 8 June 2020 Millions of people in the United States are uninsured and millions more are underinsured. Eric Schneider, STAT, "Super Tuesday results suggest that Americans ‘aren’t looking for big structural changes’ in health care," 5 Mar. 2020 Jordan has ensured the new facility will provide healthcare to residents who are underinsured on uninsured. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Michael Jordan Opens New Clinic For Patients With Little Or No Health Insurance," 19 Oct. 2019 Many properties are uninsured or underinsured and many of those affected haven't even found out whether their homes have survived, let alone filled out claims. John Quiggin For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Australia is promising $2 billion for the fires. I estimate recovery will cost $100 billion," 10 Jan. 2020 In the United States, appreciation for medical workers is coupled with uninsured or underinsured patients’ fears of being bankrupted by the cost of care. Christina Boyle, Los Angeles Times, "Britain’s Boris Johnson in intensive care, illustrating U.K.'s growing struggle with coronavirus," 6 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of underinsured

1893, in the meaning defined above

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11 Aug 2020

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“Underinsured.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underinsured. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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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