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Court asked regulator and insurance companies to submit a status report before March 17, 2023


The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked India’s insurance regulator to consult companies so that they can offer health coverage for persons with disabilities and mental health problems.

“The IRDAI would accordingly call a meeting of all insurance companies to ensure that products are designed for persons with disabilities and other persons in terms of the circular dated 2 June 2020,” said Justice Prathiba M Singh, referring to the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India. The court asked IRDAI and insurance companies to submit a status report before March 17, 2023.

According to a 2020 IRDAI circular, insurance companies are required to update their policies for persons suffering from disabilities, HIV AIDS, mental illness and transgender people.

“The process of designing such products shall be supervised by the IRDAI and it shall be ensured that the said products are introduced on an early date,” the court said.

Singh said that the term “substandard lives” being used in IRDAI regulations for persons with disabilities and others is unacceptable and should be removed.

The court passed the order on a petition by Saurabh Shukla, who uses a wheelchair and has limited use of his arms due to health ailments. Shukla was never hospitalised and two insurance companies refused to give him health insurance.

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