(CMR) The Health Insurance Premium Payment Assistance Programme (PPAP) will end on 30 June 2022 after serving persons lacking coverage due to COVID-19, particularly those employed in tourism and hospitality.
The program, which was initially set to close in March 2022, continued to ease the transition for participants who were expected to return to work once travel restrictions were relaxed and tourism began to rebound.
From May 2021 to present, the Ministry of Health & Wellness, in conjunction with the Health Insurance Commission (HIC), assisted an average of 878 persons per month who needed help paying their health insurance premiums at the cost of approximately CI$1,170,195.
“ As this program culminates, I am grateful that the majority of persons who received aid from us have been able to have their healthcare coverage reinstated due to returning to work,” said Hon. Sabrina Turner, Minister for Health & Wellness.
“I would like to thank the Health Insurance Commission for delivering exceptional service to these persons as they stood in need of support,” she added.
Persons who still may require coverage have been directed to utilize other public resources, such as the Needs Assessment Unit’s indigent insurance program.
Program participants have already been notified of the end date; however, persons may contact the Health Insurance Commission via email at [email protected] or by phone at 946-2084 for additional details.