Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having insurance that provides inadequate coverage.

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  • adjective not having sufficient insurance to cover loss or damage
  • adjective US not having proper health insurance
  • noun One who has insufficient insurance.

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Examples

  • On top of that, 25 million Americans are also deemed "underinsured" - their coverage is inadequate for their needs.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • What is clear is that in a new marketplace which would be available to those Americans without insurance coverage right now at all or those Americans who have -- or the so-called underinsured, who have limited coverage, they need affordable coverage, so a new marketplace that will be primarily private plans offering a series of benefits, and, as a competitive ingredient, you would have a public option.

    CNN Transcript Sep 10, 2009

  • What is clear is that in a new marketplace which would be available to those Americans without insurance coverage right now at all or those Americans who have -- or the so-called underinsured, who have limited coverage, they need affordable coverage, so a new marketplace that will be primarily private plans offering a series of benefits, and, as a competitive ingredient, you would have a public option.

    CNN Transcript Sep 12, 2009

  • The underinsured is a group that we're focusing on much more.

    CNN Transcript Sep 27, 2007

  • I still believe that we have to work toward the time when we can provide quality, affordable health care for every American, because since those years, we've had, as you've pointed out, even more uninsured Americans, and an increasing number of what you might call underinsured Americans, and so there are a lot of steps that I think we could take.

    CNN Transcript - Special Event: The New York Senate Race: A LATE EDITION Town Meeting - April 26, 2000

  • At the same time 46 million Americans have no health insurance, with tens of millions more classified as underinsured because their coverage does not fully protect them financially if they get sick.

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  • This protects you and family members living with you should you be hit by a negligent driver who is uninsured or "underinsured," even if you're walking, bicycling or skateboarding at the time.

    Seven Auto Insurance Buying Tips

  • Center for Rural Affairs in Nebraska notes that rural residents are twice as likely to be uninsured as urban Americans while farmers and ranchers are four times as likely to be "underinsured", covered by insurance with reduced benefits and a high deductibles.

    The Health Insurance Industry Doesn't Deserve Our Trust

  • His plan will also improve health care quality for the 25 million "underinsured" Americans - those whose nominal health coverage does not insure them against catastrophic health costs and who are nearly as likely to go without medical care as the uninsured.

    Obama Campaign Memo: "Does McCain Have A Woman Problem?"

  • Consumer Reports last month reported that more than half of the "underinsured" postponed needed medical care due to cost and a third had to dig deep into their savings to pay for medical expenses.

    Rose Ann DeMoro: Hillary Learned the Wrong Lesson from 1994 Health Care Fiasco

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