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Athletes insurance coverage bidders given September 10 deadline

Published:Saturday | September 5, 2015 | 9:19 AM
An aerial view of the National Stadium on the final day of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships in March 2015.

Insurance providers and brokers have been given until September 10 to submit bids to provide insurance services for the Jamaican Athletes Insurance Plan (JAIP).

Minister with Responsibility for Sports in the Office of the Prime Minister Neita Headley on Thursday stated that the Request for Proposal was issued on August 11.

In the initial stage, the JAIP will provide basic coverage for up to 1,500 Jamaican athletes across various sporting disciplines.

It is open to all sports persons engaged in a national programme.

Neita-Headley says that the initiative has gone through all the necessary channels and should be completed soon.

She says the health insurance scheme is not like those for regular persons because athletes have peculiar situations and it has to be custom made for them.

Neita-Headley says her office will be working closely with the sporting federations to determine eligibility of athletes.

The scheme will include health screening as well as preventive and remedial health care.