un·​in·​sur·​able | \ ˌən-in-ˈshu̇r-ə-bəl , -ˈshər-\

Definition of uninsurable

: not suitable or eligible to be insured : not insurable an uninsurable risk Some cars souped up with customized engines and suspensions may be uninsurable through standard policies.Consumer Reports

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The requirement that insurers treat people with preexisting conditions the same as those with pristine health histories allowed the law to expand coverage to millions of previously uninsurable people starting in 2014. Jordan Rau, Washington Post, "ACA Protections For Sick Patients Still Popular Despite GOP’s Efforts To End Them," 27 June 2018 The uninsurable However, some risks – such as pollution and over-fishing, which scientists say could contribute to the loss of as much as 90 percent of global reefs by 2050 – are not covered under the novel Mexican insurance model. Emma Farge, The Christian Science Monitor, "Natural ocean barriers could soon be covered by insurance," 15 May 2018 This type of information would make certain people uninsurable (the ultimate pre-existing condition). WSJ, "Smart Medicine Can Help, but More Is Needed," 14 July 2017 That’s countless Americans who, through chance or fate, live with injuries and disorders and diseases that will leave them uninsurable without the protections of the Affordable Care Act. Jamelle Bouie, Slate Magazine, "The GOP’s passage of Trumpcare is one of the most callous things the party has ever done.," 4 May 2017 The exchanges would evolve into a safety net for low-income households and for those who’d otherwise be uninsurable. Reihan Salam, Slate Magazine, "Trump’s Plan to Sabotage Obamacare Could Actually Save Obamacare," 12 Oct. 2017 Many homes — mostly uninsurable trailers — are gone or heavily damaged. Kate Irby And Lesley Clark, miamiherald, "In this Florida city, Irma took their jobs as well as their homes," 13 Sep. 2017 Mitigation would also lower damages, especially those that are uninsurable, and reduce suffering. Carolyn Kousky, Fortune, "How We Can Protect Irma and Harvey Victims From Getting Screwed," 6 Sep. 2017 Due to Heidi Green’s history of migraines and an earlier Hepatitis C diagnosis, she was deemed uninsurable when her husband lost his job. Matthias Gafni, The Mercury News, "Berkeley: Residents at townhall plead for Obamacare to be saved," 12 Mar. 2017

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1864, in the meaning defined above

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