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Family matters: Be clear if your employer's group health plan covers them

With a pandemic raging, you must buy your own personal health cover for your family to supplement the group cover

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Health Insurance | health insurance policy | Lockdown

Sanjay Kumar Singh  |  New Delhi 



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During employment, the employer usually pays the premium for the employee, his spouse and children. The policy regarding paying the premium for parents can again vary from one company to another

Recently there was a news report about a Mumbai-based retiree who was part of a post-retirement group cover offered by his employer. He was given to understand that his parents were also covered under the policy and he even paid an extra premium for this. His company even reimbursed him for his mother’s treatment sometime after his retirement. But the next time when he asked for reimbursement for his father’s treatment, the company refused to pay and even asked him to refund the money reimbursed for his mother’s treatment, saying parents are not covered by the group cover post-retirement. Thankfully, the South Mumbai District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum came to the retiree’s rescue. It ruled in his favour and enjoined his employer to compensate him.

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First Published: Thu, September 10 2020. 16:58 IST

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