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Marathon Insurance Brokers (MIB) will cut in half the next instalment on insurance premium loans for all its clients who are health care practitioners under an initiative dubbed the COVID-19 Helping Hand Programme.
The brokerage firm, which represents a significant number of health care practitioners, said the important contribution of Jamaica’s frontline workers to the fight against COVID-19 deserves big-hearted and generous support.
Chairman of MIB Richard Burgher said the decision to slash the premium by 50 per cent was an easy one for the brokerage firm and represents a contribution of some $2 million to the COVID-19 fight.
“We are all in this together, hence the name ‘COVID-19 Helping Hand Programme’,” said Burgher.
“The pressures are great all around. People are losing their jobs, everything is being scaled back, but our health care workers cannot scale back their services. We, at Marathon, are standing for the long haul with our clients. We decided that we would step in where we can to make a real difference,” added Burgher.
He noted that the COVID-19 Helping Hand Programme will also facilitate clients who have been laid off from their jobs and who will naturally experience difficulty maintaining their payment schedules.
“We see the requests for moratorium coming in to us with increasing frequency — this programme is intended to ‘give a helping hand’. MIB clients who are health care workers or persons who have lost their jobs and whose policies are financed by Marathon, can access the programme through the online portal www.mibinsure.com.
“We have made the application process very easy for everyone. Our clients will only need a copy of their pay slip to verify their status as a health care worker or the copy of a letter confirming that they were laid off. All of this can be easily done online. If you need help, simply send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and our special team will get back to you in minutes,” said Burgher.