Health Insurance or Wealth Insurance
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Mr. Ramachandran has sent the information on the Group Medical Insurance Scheme through a mail, addressed to Chairman of Bank of Baroda and the MD & CEO of the Bank of Baroda with a request to study the entire matter as what United Insurance Co. Ltd. and IBA is doing is totally against the instructions given in the policy issued.
See the Diagnosis of the policy here: GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY FOR BANK EMPLOYEES DIAGNOSED
We give below the details of the letter..
In continuation of my mail of date on the above subject I give below in detail the information on the above policy and request you to take the decision after studying what i have given below..The matter may be raised in the meeting with IBA which I understand in going to be held on 27-9-2016
Health Insurance – For protection of Health but of WHOM????
As per the 10th bipartite settlement signed on 25/05/2015, IBA introduced Group Health Insurance Scheme for Employees in Service as well as for retirees with cover of 3 lacs for award staff and 4 lacs for Officers.
The Insurance premium charged for cover of 3 & 4 lacs for retirees was of Rs.4930 and 6573 excluding service tax and policy became in operation from 1/11/2015 to 31/10/2016.
The almost 11 month's period is lapsed and still IBA is yet to decide the issue of "Domiciliary Treatment" which was agreed in settlement and now policy is due for renewal.
The Group Health Insurance Policy of in service Employees is due for renewal on 1/10/2016 and UIIC was expected to renew the policy without increasing the premium. But now UIIC has intimated the IBA vide their communication dated 15/09/2016 that revised premium from 01/10/2016 will be as under:-
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The UIIC has increased the premium by 112% which is not in accordance with the policy document and condition stipulated at clause 5.18 which reads as under:-
5.18 LOW/HIGH CLAIM RATIO (BONUS /MALUS)
Subject otherwise to terms and conditions of Group Mediclaim Policy as attached. The Insurance Company agrees for a continuity cover for three years based on the following annual renewal matrix. Claims Ratio:
IBA immediately responded UIIC over revised premium referring the agreed clause 5.18 in the policy, vide their communication dated 17/09/2016 but UIIC did not concede to the request of the IBA as claim ratio has reached 180 to 190% for which loading matrix was not provided in the Policy and became firm on 112% increase in the premium
As the policy is due for renewal on 1/10/2016 for in-service employees and as IBA has advised to Bank of revised premium on 22/09/2016 and as the insurance premium has to be paid in advance, Member Banks will have to accept this unreasonable rise in the premium and will be making payments to UIIC contrary to the terms of Policy.
Neither Bank Management NOR UFBU leaders will raise any voice on the dictating terms of UIIC & IBA as in service employees premium is borne by Bank and Board of the Bank is not accountable to GOI for accepting this unreasonable term by debit to Banks profit, which is already shrinking.
The real problem is ahead as the policy for retirees is due for renewal on 1/11/2016 and premium has to be paid by retirees, POOR retirees will have to accept this unreasonable premium which is not only exorbitant but equal to / double of their monthly pension / family pension and acts of UIIC / IBA and Bank raises doubt that whether the policy is implemented to protect the life of Retirees or to destroy them with a view to remove them from members of Pension fund????.
Attention is invited off ALL CONCERNED to terms and condition of policy document which is as under:-
8. IMPORTANT NOTICE
"The Company may revise any of the terms, conditions and exceptions of this insurance including the premium payable on renewal in accordance with the guidelines/rules framed by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) and after obtaining prior approval from the Authority. We shall notify you of such changes at least three months before the revision are to take effect. The Company may also withdraw the insurance as offered hereunder after following the due process as laid down by the IRDA and after obtaining prior approval of the Authority and we shall offer to cover you under such revised/new terms, conditions, exceptions and premium for which we shall have obtained from the Authority."
1) Does the act of UIIC / IBA to give 10 days’ notice for enhancing premium falls within agreed clause 8 as referred above?????
2) Does the 112% increase in premium for renewal falls within agreed clause 5.18 as referred above?????
3) Does the act of UIIC is in accordance with IRDAI (Health Insurance) Regulations 2013 and IRDAI (Protection Policyholders' Interest) Regulations 2002 / 2014 as amended from time to time as agreed at clause 6 of the policy document?????
ANSWER FROM A LAYMAN WILL ALSO BE "NO-NEVER" THEN WHERE IS THE CATCH????
The answer is reflected in the last para of the UIIC communication dated 22/09/2016, that prompted IBA to act promptly and the said para reads as under:-
"We also propose that if the loss ratio is kept under control and profit generated, if any, shall be shared equally."
ENCLS: AS ABOVE
Former General Manager, Bank of Baroda,
Former Chairman & CEO, The Sangli Bank Ltd.
(Now merged with ICICI Bank Ltd)
Former Administrator, Madhavapura Mercantile
Co-Op Bank Ltd ( Ahmedabad )
Former Director General, Maratha Chamber of
Commerce & Agriculture, Pune.