JIS News

Minister of State for Labour and Social Security, Senator Floyd Morris, has implored senior citizens to take advantage of benefits under the NIGold Health Plan.
The State Minister, who was speaking in the Senate yesterday (Sept. 29), said that although some 88,000 seniors were accessing the facility, there were “over 40,000 pensioners, who have not registered for the facility.”
The NIGold is a health plan for National Insurance Scheme (NIS) pensioners. It is funded by the National Insurance Fund (NIF) and is administered by Blue Cross of Jamaica.
On implementation of the plan in 2003, temporary paper health cards were distributed to all pensioners to access benefits. However, effective April 1, 2005 electronic swipe cards were introduced for use by pensioners, who have registered at the Electoral Office.
Meanwhile, Senator Morris said the NIF, which was one of the largest contributory pension schemes in the English-speaking Caribbean “continues to give the opportunity to grant periodic increases to pensioners and to ensure that their income is not eroded by the monster of inflation.”
He noted further that “through prudent management of contributions from contributors, we have managed to grow the funds to the point where we have approximately $44 billion in the National Insurance Fund.”