PUNE: In a bid to expand its health insurance product portfolio and provide insurance cover for up to 60 critical illnesses (CIs) including major and minor health conditions such as heart or major organ transplant, kidney failure, cancer, brain surgery, CIs related to HIV/AIDS, head trauma/injury, blindness, and multiple sclerosis among others, Liberty General Insurance Ltd. (Liberty) launched ‘Critical Connect’ today at a virtual product launch ceremony. This health insurance policy will enable customers to manage most of the expenses arising due to critical illnesses. Unlike a regular Health Insurance policy, where the customer makes a claim based on the actual expenses incurred on hospitalization, the Critical Connect Health Insurance Policy will pay a lump-sum amount to the customer on the diagnosis of listed critical illness covered under this policy.
Under the Critical Connect health insurance policy, the customer can choose from two plans for sum insured ranging from Rs 1 lakh up to Rs. 1 crore. If the customer opts for Plan A, he/she can choose Critical Illness Bundles covering 9, 25, or 43 critical illnesses. Whereas Plan B offers disease-specific bundles such as Heart Protect, Cancer Protect, Renoliv Protect, and Brain Protect. This policy can be availed by Indian citizens aged over 18 years and less than 65 years (Refer to *Annexure for plan details).
Critical Connect Policy Benefits:
1. Sum Insured: A customer can get coverage from Rs. 1 lac to 1 crore, this comes in useful to cover all the expenses.
2. Up to 60 Critical Illnesses: The policy covers major and minor conditions, including CIs related to HIV/AIDS.
3. Subsequent Illnesses Cover: Policy will continue to pay for additional two subsequent unrelated critical illness in an individual’s lifetime.
4. Waiver of Survival Period: Critical Connect gives the optional cover to waive off the 30 days survival period following diagnosis of critical Illness.
5. Optional Loan Protector Cover: Takes care of EMIs if the insured is diagnosed with the listed critical illness.
6. Tax Benefits: Insured can get an income tax benefit under Section 80D for insurance premium payments.
7. In-House Claim Settlement: Faster, Easier, and hassle-free in-house claim settlement processing.
The other additional benefits under the Critical Connect Insurance Policy include a second medical opinion where Liberty will arrange and pay for a second opinion for the customer through its network panel of doctors. Secondly, the customer will be entitled to a health check-up every two years. Lastly, under Health 360° feature, while the customers would be able to avail discounts on outpatient consultations, pharmaceuticals, and diagnostic tests through Liberty’s empaneled, network providers, they would also be able to get integrated healthcare services such as health risk assessment, disease management, dedicated health coach, and wellness rewards under Wellness programs without any additional charges.
Speaking at the virtual launch of the product, Mr. Roopam Asthana, CEO & Whole Time Director, Liberty General Insurance Ltd. said, “With rising healthcare costs and the growing vulnerability to critical illnesses, having comprehensive insurance protection is today a necessity. The cost of treating life-threatening diseases is much higher compared to the cost of treating common ailments. Keeping this in mind, Liberty has launched ‘Critical Connect’ Health Insurance Policy which is another step towards our endeavor to contribute to the financial well-being of our customers. The policy provides financial support and wealth protection to our customers by offering a lump sum amount on the diagnosis of a critical illness which may require specialized treatment for an extended period of time.”
Types of Plans:
At Liberty General Insurance, a customer can choose from two types of Critical Connect plans.
Critical Illness Plan A
In Plan A, a customer can choose Critical Illness Bundles 9, 25, or 43 critical diseases.
Sum Insured: Rs. 1 lac to Rs. 1 crore available in multiples of 1 lac
ü Flexi Policy Term: Choose a policy term of 1, 2 and 3 years
ü Age Eligibility: You have to be between 18 and 65 years to apply for Liberty General’s Critical Connect. Your children are included only if you are a policyholder. Their ages must be between 5 and 25 years. If you’re applying for a policy for your parents, they need to be under 65 years (at the time of application) to become eligible.
ü Renewability: Lifelong
ü Relationships Covered: Self, spouse, children, parents, parents-in-law, siblings, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, and grandparents can be covered with an individual sum insured.
Critical Illness Plan B:
In this plan, a customer can opt for disease-specific bundles like Heart Protect, Cancer Protect, Renoliv Protect, Brain Protect and others.
Sum Insured: From Rs. 1 lac to Rs. 1 crore
ü Flexi Policy term: Choose a policy term of 1, 2 and 3 years.
ü Relationships covered – Self, spouse, children, parents, parents-in-law, siblings, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, and grandparents can be covered with an individual sum insured.
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