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 Special emphasis should be given to help more vulnerable communities, including those who are incarcerated, uninsured or underinsured, in recovery or pregnant, the proposal said. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Sep. 2022 Many patients are uninsured or underinsured, and face significant social and economic barriers that put home dialysis and living donor transplantation out of reach. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 21 Sep. 2022 To make matters worse, the ranks of uninsured and underinsured Americans grew further in the early days of the pandemic. Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2022 For some of the uninsured or underinsured, the mammoth Vaccines for Children program could take on providing COVID-19 shots given to kids. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 2 Sep. 2022 And most residents are finding that they are dramatically underinsured. Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2022 The two senators also collaborated on the 1990 Ryan White act, which funded care for uninsured and underinsured victims of HIV/AIDS. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2022 Another bill would provide grants to uninsured and underinsured families. Susan Haigh, Hartford Courant, 22 Apr. 2022 In one study done in New York, people who use heroin, a historically marginalized and underinsured group, have high levels of interest in using buprenorphine but low levels of access to it. John C. Messinger, STAT, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 3 Oct. 2022.

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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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