The Economic Times

LIC thinking of diving into health insurance pool, eyeing acquisitions

The government-owned Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) is looking to foray into the health insurance sector, reports said on May 28. The insurer is currently assessing potential acquisition prospects.

3 changes in health insurance claim rules to help consumers: Reduced waiting period for pre-existing diseases, moratorium

The insurance regulator has made it compulsory for health insurance companies to reduce the maximum waiting period to get complete health insurance coverage in case of pre-existing diseases (PED) from 4 years to 3 years. The regulator modified the definition of pre-existing disease in its IRDAI (Insurance Products) Regulations, 2024, notified on April 1, 2024.

How technology is easing the life of insurance customers

Insurance is one of the most effective ways to manage risks and secure assets; however, the insurance industry has been mainly susceptible to trust issues. Many people believe that insurers do not pay claims, but the data says otherwise; the industry has been paying claims and is bleeding.

Bank of Japan ends negative rates, closing era of radical policy

The Bank of Japan ended eight years of negative interest rates and other remnants of its unorthodox policy on Tuesday, making a historic shift away from a focus of reflating growth with decades of massive monetary stimulus.

New LIC life insurance cover: 7 important details about LIC’s Index Plus policy

Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) launched a new unit-linked life insurance policy called LIC’s Index Plus this week. It is a non-participating, regular premium, individual life insurance plan which offers life insurance cover cum savings throughout the term of the policy.

Now, life insurance maturity money will not be fully tax-exempt: CBDT issues new tax rules

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) issued new guidelines on how tax-exempted maturity amount from a life insurance policy will be calculated in a financial year if the premium paid exceeds a specified level. As per the new guidelines, the maturity amount from life insurance policies bought on or after April 1, 2023, will not be fully tax-exempt.

Important features of LIC's Jeevan Azad life insurance plan

LIC's Jeevan Azad is a non-linked, non-participating, individual, savings life insurance plan. This is a Limited Premium Endowment plan under which the Premium Payment Term (PPT) is equal to Policy Term minus 8 years.

How health insurance plans have changed since Covid 19: OPD, mental health, surrogacy, pay as you go and more

The Covid-19 pandemic was a wake-up call for both health insurance companies and policyholders. While it exposed the vulnerabilities in the healthcare system, it also offered the regulator an opportunity to eliminate many lacunas and add new features that can offer enhanced and adequate protection to health insurance policy buyers.

How has health insurance changed over time? When should you go to for riders??

Insurance is now being offered for what is called the ABCD illnesses. Depending on the stage or depending on how serious the disease is, they are offering day one cover, which basically means that right after you buy the policy,