Saturday, April 7, 2012

Nasscom creates health insurance plan for IT companies

BANGALORE: In what may be a first of its kind initiative by an industry body, Nasscom has created a health insurance plan in association with Oriental Insurance for the 2.5 million people industry. Insurance premiums come down when more people are part of a plan, and given the scale of the IT sector, Nasscom's TechieHealth Plan will bring down substantially the cost of providing insurance especially for small and medium businesses (SMBs).

Nasscom said over 200 companies have already committed to join the plan. The association's target is to bring 1,000 SMBs under the scheme in 15 months. "The scheme offers a 30% to 50% cost savings to companies with up to 100 employees. It will have a cover of up to Rs 3 lakh for employees and their spouses and children,'' said Sangeeta Gupta, senior V-P, Nasscom. There are different kinds of plans, and the cost of the plan for a 100-employee company would vary between Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 9.5 lakh based on the plan.

The employees will not have to pay any premium unless they want to top up the plan for more benefits. Depending on the plan, three to seven family members will be covered. The plan is fairly comprehensive, covering even pre-existing ailments, maternity and new-borns. Insurance broking company Medimanage and third party administrator Mediassist will also be involved in implementing the scheme.

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