Friday, May 29, 2009

Looking for health cover at old age?- Read this

Now here is something for the senior citizens to cheer about. In its latest directive to all insurance companies, IRDA (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority) has asked them to extend the entry limit for health insurance policies till the age of 65 years. This will come into effect from July 1, 2009. The new directive will be applicable on new as well as existing policies, which are issued or renewed on or after July 1, 2009. Moreover, the health insurer will have to charge a fair and just premium to the senior citizens. In case the senior citizen is denied a policy for any reason, then the reasons have to be furnished in writing for such a denial.

This directive comes as a huge relief for senior citizens. Many insurance companies tend to deny entry for health policies after a particular age or used to charge exorbitant premiums with respect to age. Such a move would ensure transparency in the system and a fair and just treatment to all senior citizens. In our view, all individuals irrespective of their age should have a health cover. The earlier they take - the better it is, since the premium would be low.

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