The Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA), has been clearing the air on the renewal of the union’s group medical insurance.
CSA President, Cletus Cyril, informed a news conference yesterday, Friday, February 5, 2016, about the efforts to get the renewal of the CSA Sagicor group medical insurance proposal signed.
He disclosed that on January 4, 2016, the union sent an email to the Director of Services at Risk Consultant and Insurance Brokers, Robertina Joinville, seeking to be provided with a copy of the new medical insurance plan contract for the period January 2016 to December 2016.
According to Cyril, later the same month a follow up email was sent on the same matter.
The CSA President revealed that the union called Joinville, seeking a response to the its request that was made via email.
“She indicated that she had not received out email and that we should resend them to her,” Cyril said.
He recalled that on January 20, 2016, the CSA sent a letter to the Brokers, asking to be furnished with the renewal document for review and signature.
However he lamented that to date there has been no word from Risk Consultant Brokers on the matter.
He said that on January 29 this year, the union had cause to write to the General Manager of Sagicor relating to him the failed attempts to get the 2016 renewal.
Cyril said this month the CSA received a call from the Sagicor General Manager, who said he would look into the matter.
“It is unusual for something like that to happen,” the CSA President asserted, adding that the contract is from January to December and this is the month of February.
He expressed concern about the health of the members of the CSA as it pertains to the group medical insurance.
“We do not want to have our members in a position of not being facilitated with medical insurance,” Cyril said.
He told members of the media that the concern was raised with the General Manager of Sagicor.
Asked whether CSA members are currently not covered by medical insurance, Cyril’s reply was:
“With the conversation with the General Manager they are covered but the most important thing is to sign off on the contract, that would give one hundred percent sure that we are on the right track.”
The CSA President indicated that if the situation of non-response from the brokers continues, the union’s next option is to deal directly with Sagicor.
“I am trying to find out what is the problem and why we have not received the contract for January to December 2016,” he declared.