Health Insurance Coverage To Be Changed For Some Government Workers – More On What’s Hidden From Us In The Budget

OURMONEYThe Health Insurance Block of the new Budget has been cut by half. THE GOVERNMENT MUST ANNOUNCE WHICH CATEGORIES OF WORKERS UNDER THIS BLOCK WILL SEE CHANGES TO THEIR GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS THIS BUDGET YEAR. In The Budget, Insurance for Law Enforcement Officers (all uniformed branches) (line item 575200) used to be listed under Head 5, Block 50 – Department of Public Service. Nurses are also grouped into that line item. Since the government has removed all Block line items from the entire Budget, you can no longer see the line items for the Insurance Premiums for any Public Service grouping anymore. But Block 50 itself (the Insurance Block) has been CUT BY HALF FOR THE 2015/2016 BUDGET, WITH OVER $25 MILLION BEING CUT. Block 50 contains the Health Insurance Premiums Allocation for Law Enforcement Officers, Nurses, Overseas Personnel, Teachers, Doctors, the Gaming Board and Bahamas Information Services (BIS). Last year, Block 50 was allocated just over $51 million – over $33 million of which was for the Law Enforcement and Nurses’ Insurance Premiums. Since Block 50 now only has just over $25 million allocated when it had over $51 million last year, that clearly means health insurance will be changed this Budget year for some categories of government employees under Block 50. THIS IS THE TYPE OF REASON THAT THE GOVERNMENT STRIPPED THE BUDGET OF THESE LINE ITEMS – SO THAT PARLIAMENT & THE PUBLIC WOULD NOT READILY PICK UP ON WHAT THEY ARE DOING IN EACH MINISTRY & DEPARTMENT. Continue reading

National Health Insurance (NHI) Is NOT Happening In January – Pay Attention. Don’t Be Deceived

WAKEUPTHE REASON THE PM ANNOUNCED “NO TAXES” FOR NHI, IS THAT HE IS NOT DOING NHI RIGHT NOW AT ALL. Prime Minister Christie NEVER announced in his Budget Communication that the government was going to start giving us insurance coverage to pay for our healthcare as of January. All he announced is that they were going to look at improving PMH and PUBLIC HEALTH, and they would talk with private insurance companies for ideas on how to do NHI AT SOME POINT OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. Continue reading