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NHI expires this month for evacuated residents

The building that houses the NHI

Persons who have permanently evacuated the territory following the hurricanes have until the end of the month before their overseas coverage from the National Health Insurance (NHI) expires.

This is according to Deputy Director for of the Social Security Board, Roy Barry.

The Social Security Board has responsibility for NHI.

“Persons who relocated, and have no intention of returning to the territory, will have coverage until November 30,” Barry said.

“Beneficiaries who have left the territory on a temporary basis and whose employers are still making contributions on their behalf are still covered by NHI,” he added.

The deputy director made the statement in response to a number of inquiries from persons wanting to get medical attention overseas.

Overseas-based beneficiaries are being told to notify the NHI’s Clinical Unit before using the service abroad.

“If beneficiaries cannot make contact with the Clinical Unit, they should pay the overseas medical provider, then submit claims to NHI,” said the state-owned insurance company.

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  1. VI says:

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    The NHI card need to have an expiration date on it. The card should expire at least every two years, so they can weed out person out the system that are no longer in the territory (make them inactive). While NHI is saying persons who left the territory, overseas coverage will expire at the end of this month, they still have a card with no expiration date.

    • James says:

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      But you cannot use the card itself overseas. You have to pay and then make a claim. If you have been outside the territory too long, and then make a claim past the expiration, it will simply be rejected.

  2. Tell it as it is says:

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    What about our kids who left the territory and their parents here working hard paying nhi

  3. Coak says:

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    At this time the NHI should not be looking at employees only. They must look closely at people who were not employed, not citizens but covered by government.. How will they be covered by a stricken government that has to take care of its own? That is. Why NHI should not have been compulsory for all.

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