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IRDAI gives big boost to affordable health cover with mandatory 'Arogya Sanjeevani' Policy

G Naga Sridhar Hyderabad | Updated on January 03, 2020

The Arogya Sanjeevani policy is a first of its kind standard health insurance product

In a move that helps easy availability of health insurance, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA) has introduced a standard health cover policy that must be offered by all general and standalone health insurers.

As per the guidelines issued by the IRDAI, every general and standalone health insurer should offer a standard health product, the Arogya Sanjeevani Policy, with a minimum sum insured of Rs 1 lakh, with a upper limit of Rs 5 lakh. The policy term will be for one year.

The minimum entry age will be 18 years with lifelong renewability and there is no exit age.

The policy covers 22 diseases and treatments with a varying waiting period of from 24 to 48 months. It will be offered on indemnity basis, and should not be combined with critical illness covers or benefit-based covers. The premium under this product will be the same across India, and no geographic location and pricing will be allowed.

 The insurers will now come up with product filing to the regulator and will have to offer it from April 1, 2020.

Published on January 03, 2020

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