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

Definition of underinsured

: not sufficiently insured

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In defending his plan, Mr. Sanders repeatedly pointed out how many Americans are uninsured or underinsured, unable to pay high deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs and thus unable to seek care. Abby Goodnough, New York Times, "Democratic Debate Turns Ferocious Over Health Care," 31 July 2019 In his opening statement, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said 87 million Americans are uninsured or underinsured and that the the health care industry made $100 billion in profits last year. Detroit Free Press, "Live fact check: Democratic debate in Detroit, Day 1," 30 July 2019 The Rose, a breast cancer awareness and treatment organization, has served more than 500,000 uninsured or underinsured patients since it was started in 1986. Julie Garcia, Houston Chronicle, "Hearst Foundations of Texas gives grant to breast cancer charity The Rose," 25 July 2019 Starting with the view from 30,000 feet, the changes in the individual health insurance market brought down uninsured and underinsured rates starting in 2014. Los Angeles Times, "Column: How Obamacare brought health coverage to the people, in four amazing charts," 18 July 2019 That’s especially true for the uninsured or underinsured. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "GoodRx lowers prescription costs for some, but questions remain on impact for others," 14 July 2019 The funding can be used for health care providers to vaccinate uninsured children, underinsured children and children on Medicaid at no cost to their family. USA TODAY, "Kacey Musgraves, sneaker flap, skiing in July: News from around our 50 states," 3 July 2019 Often, these campaigns are for the uninsured or underinsured, and help provide legitimate medical care. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Hundreds of health crowdfunding campaigns are for sham treatments," 23 Oct. 2018 And forcing people to choose between competing insurance plans, even with a robust public option on the table, will inevitably leave many underinsured. Tim Higginbotham And Chris Middleman, Vox, "“Medicare-for-all” means something. Don’t let moderates water it down.," 13 July 2018

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1893, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of underinsured

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

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