National swimmers covered under the Jamaican Athlete Health Insurance Plan -- Grange
On the heels of an outstanding performance by the national swim team at the recently concluded 21st Caribbean Islands Swimming Championship in The Bahamas, Sports Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange has reassured the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) and its members that they, too, are covered under the Government's new Jamaican Athlete Health Insurance Plan (JAIP).
"I just want to underscore my Government's commitment to sports and to the ASAJ. Through the Jamaican Athlete Insurance Plan, we are supporting 54 swimmers: group health - $175,500; group personal accident - $12,150; and group life - $7,859.25 for a total of - $195,509.25 for insurance cover under the JAIP," the minister said.
Speaking at a welcome reception at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston, Grange explained that "the value of the contracts for the year ending January 31, 2017, with the insurance providers - Guardian Group - Group health - is estimated at J$47,778,352 and Allied Insurance Brokers/Sagicor Group Life & Personal Accident is estimated at just under $6,000,000."
Grange pointed out that the insurance is to ensure that all eligible national swimmers can compete and train without having to worry about health insurance.
The minister also congratulated the team on an outstanding performance at the championship. The 24-member team copped 46 medals consisting of 18 gold, 21 silver, and 11 bronze over a four-day period.
"The performances were just superb! Kenan Dols, Britney Williams, Simone Vale, and all the other swimmers on the team, I stand today as a proud minister of sport and a proud Jamaican because of you. Thanks for all your hard work," she said.
Grange also congratulated the ASAJ for its commitment to growing and developing the sport and the talent of local swimmers over the years.