Mental health insurance problems to be exacerbated by COVID-19

Systemic problems with the way life and income protection insurers offer policies and assess the claims of people with mental health conditions needs to be fixed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, advocates claim.

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), a community legal service that specialises in policy advocacy, says people with mental health problems face “significant barriers” in obtaining and using insurance.

“We think the mental health impacts of the pandemic highlight the need for scrutiny of the current practices of life insurers,” said senior solicitor Ellen Tilbury…

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