Friday 18 September, 2020

Over $330 million in claims from CCRP Health Insurance Plan

 Participants and supporting team members at the CCRP virtual Annual General Meeting (L-R standing) Sethuraman Kumaraswamy, Chairman, CCRP Finance Committee; Debbie Cargill, membership coordinator; Yvonne Piper, administrative executive; Emma Lewis, volunteer communication consultant, and seated, Executive Chair Jean Lowrie-Chin.

Participants and supporting team members at the CCRP virtual Annual General Meeting (L-R standing) Sethuraman Kumaraswamy, Chairman, CCRP Finance Committee; Debbie Cargill, membership coordinator; Yvonne Piper, administrative executive; Emma Lewis, volunteer communication consultant, and seated, Executive Chair Jean Lowrie-Chin.

Gallagher Insurance Brokers is reporting that since the activation of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) Comprehensive Health Plan in December 2019, there have been 54,235 claims for payment; $337.6 million in total claims was paid out by Sagicor up to June 30, 2020.

This information was presented by Gallagher Chairman James Pawson at the recently held CCRP annual general meeting.

The Insurance Plan, designed and managed by Gallagher Insurance Brokers and underwritten by Sagicor, was launched in Jamaica in August 2019 and gave thousands of seniors the opportunity for health coverage.

The Health Plan currently has 8,732 members enrolled, according to the update.

Jean Lowrie-Chin, CCRP Founder and Executive Chair, noted that the insurance plan came at a vital time as seniors could more easily manage their underlying conditions, rendering them less vulnerable to COVID-19.

The Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan, designed for persons 50 – 80 years old, has been largely credited for the upsurge in membership of CCRP.

Speaking at CCRP’s Annual General Meeting, Lowrie-Chin referred to the increase in membership as a “meteoric rise”, noting the increase from 2,547 members at the end of April 2019 to 10,707 at present.

In addition to the health plan, CCRP’s social activities for the past year gave members opportunities to enjoy their golden years. Among other benefits for CCRP members, the organisation now has 77 discount partners who provide valuable goods and services, including pharmacies and security companies.

JNGI will be launching a low-cost motor vehicle and property insurance plan for CCRP members this month.

CCRP’s Virtual AGM was livestreamed from the Boardroom of PROComm Limited, with key stakeholders giving updates on the progress of the 10-year-old association.

“We had over 400 attendees,” Lowrie-Chin noted. “They posted their questions and we were able to answer in real time, online.”

CCRP presented its members with the relevant documents ahead of the AGM.

Meanwhile, CCRP continues to be an advocacy group and has stepped up its presence in the media and on social media, continuing the organisation’s lobby for the welfare of older Jamaicans.

Topics that have been addressed by CCRP in the media include COVID-19 and related health matters (including mental health issues); World Elder Abuse Awareness Day; and security for seniors. CCRP is working on other concerns, including the proposed Elder Care and Protection Act in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and training in digital banking with Mona Ageing & Wellness Centre, UWI. CCRP shares information on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. 

CCRP was launched as PROComm’s 30th Anniversary Legacy Project ten years ago by Lowrie-Chin as a tribute to her mother and other senior mentors who had guided the growth of her company.

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