Justice workers to receive insurance policies ‘shortly’

PHILIPSBURG–Justice Ministry workers will receive their medical insurance policies “shortly,” Justice Minister Rafael Boasman said on Monday.

Boasman was asked for an update on the policy following concerns expressed by the various unions representing Justice workers at a joint press conference last week. The unions said that while the deductions are being made from the workers’ salaries and the policy is already in effect, the workers had not yet received their policies in their hands.

In explaining the snag, Boasman said Government had wanted some amendments made to the policy after it was presented by NAGICO Insurances. “These amendments have been made and the amended policy [has been – Ed.] received by Government,” Boasman said. “As such, the policies will be presented to the workers shortly. A definite date cannot be given at the time. However, I can assure that this matter will be resolved within short.”

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Former Justice Minister Edson Kirindongo and NAGICO Insurances had signed an agreement in October last year to provide Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance coverage for Justice Ministry staffers.

The agreement came after months of negotiations involving the former Minister and the unions representing Justice staffers: Nationale Algemene Politie Bond (NAPB), Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) and ABVO St. Maarten union. NAGICO Insurances won the bid to offer the insurance.

Under the policy, Justice Ministry staffers who signed on will have coverage for Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment 24 hours a day, even while travelling overseas. The coverage in case of Accidental Death is NAf. 200,000 and the Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage is NAf. 200,000. In the event a claim is filed, the benefit will be paid out to the beneficiaries named by the insured.

The policy is not mandatory, it is a participation plan. Therefore, Justice workers who opt out of accepting the insurance will not benefit and their families will not be entitled to the benefits outlined in the policy.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/66779-justice-workers-to-receive-insurance-policies-shortly

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