With reference to the release which appeared in the Nation newspaper dated Tuesday, April 24, 2018, it was erroneously
reported that BARP members could join the BARP Group Health Insurance between the ages of 50 and 69. BARP wishes to clarify the eligibility criteria. Now that the Open Enrolment period has finished the eligibility criteria are as follows:
Persons joining BARP on the attainment of age 50 are eligible to join the plan immediately. Members between the ages of 51 and 59 years will require medical evidence of insurability satisfactory to the insurer, at the member’s expense, prior to approval of coverage. BARP members age 60 and over will NOT be eligible to join the Health plan.
Re. 2017 BARP Manifesto Proposals
In accordance with the mission of the Barbados Association of Retired Persons Inc. (BARP) to be
an outstanding leader in championing the well-being of all 50 plus people in Barbados, we are
submitting a set of Proposals to each political party for inclusion in their respective party manifesto.
The attached submission is the outcome of a consultation we convened with a cross-section of our membership and consists of areas of concerns and corresponding proposals which our members believe should form part of any policy making processes, initiatives and programmes going forward. The proposals encompass the following:
We trust that our recommendations are deemed favourable by the members of your political party. Should you require clarification on any aspect of our submission, please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned.
Barbados Association of Retired Persons Inc.
Elsa C. Webster
Fellow BARP Members,
We refer to a recent communication on Facebook and in the Nation newspaper of Wednesday, April 4th, relating to proposed changes to the BARP Group Health and Life plans as directed by the consortium of Insurers.
Given the vast number of members who were unable to enroll leading up to the March 31st deadline date, BARP, along with CGM Gallagher, held further discussions with the consortium of Insurers who graciously accepted our request to extend the open enrollment by two (2) weeks to April 13, 2018. This was in an effort to accommodate the large number of persons who could not complete their registration on time. We still have not attained the target number for the Life Benefit, however, the numbers for the Health Plan have significantly increased. The extension has already resulted in much improved enrollment numbers.
Based on the increased numbers, we again had further dialogue with the Insurers and are pleased to advise of the following:
• The effective date of both the Life and Health plans is May 01, 2018 to allow for the ongoing enrollment up to the extended deadline of April 13, 2018.
• Maintain the original annual deductible of $500.00 per persons for the Health plan.
• The introduction of a one (1) year waiting period before any claims can be submitted against the Life Benefit.
We wish to clarify that there is no waiting period for the Health insurance This means that health claims may be presented from the first day of the effective date of the policy, May 1, 2018.
We sincerely thank all of those BARP members who have enrolled in order to make the Life and Health plans viable for the overall benefit of the membership. We also thank our insurance Broker, CGM Gallagher as well as the consortium of Insurers, Sagicor Life Inc., Brydens Insurance and The Beacon Insurance Co. Ltd, all of whom have worked tirelessly to make this possible.
April 6th, 2018