WIPA, CWI roll out health insurance for players

Monday, November 19, 2018

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The West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) have secured a health insurance plan for retained players from all six regional franchises and all CWI contracted international players, both men and women.

WIPA President Wavell Hinds and his counterpart at CWI Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron handed over the first batch of health insurance cards to Jamaica Scorpions players during Friday afternoon's ceremony at the WIPA headquarters at Sabina Park in Kingston.

The comprehensive health insurance plan, being offered through Excel Insurance Brokers and VIP Universal Medical Insurance will also provide critical illness coverage.

CEO of Excel Insurance Brokers, Kinshasa Minott spoke of the benefits and the revolutionary nature of the plan dubbed the JN Excel VIP Members Plan.

She explained that the plan is international, and the health card accepted worldwide. Players have coverage related to playing injuries as well as illnesses and injuries outside of cricket, in addition to dental, optical, prescription, diagnostic, and even emergency non-medical evacuation.

The plan is being offered at no cost to players and can be continued after their playing careers are over.

Hinds expressed his delight with the plan

“We believe that it is important to provide health insurance coverage for our players. This gives them the opportunity to go out and perform at an optimum level, knowing that they are covered for injuries and illnesses anywhere in the world,” said the WIPA boss.

Cameron stressed that his administration is committed to ensuring that players are given the best opportunity to excel.

“We want to provide the best possible support for our players, and this initiative goes with our mandate to ensure that our players are given the best tools and support so that they can perform at the highest level on the world stage,” said the CWI president.

WIPA and CWI say they will cover the annual premiums, said to amount to US$253,000.

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