The Scheme was initially launched in September last year by Mary Harney TD, Minister for Health and Children, and followed a long campaign by various support groups including: Positive Action; Transfusion Positive; the Irish Haemophilia Society and the Irish Kidney Association.
Commenting on the Company’s participation in the Insurance Scheme, Noel Finnegan, Head of Underwriting, Bank of Ireland Life said: “We have been working with the HSE for some time now in order to be able to provide valuable life insurance cover to those with State Acquired Hepatitis C and/or HIV through infected blood and blood products.
Securing a mortgage that will inevitably require some form of protection plan, may be more difficult for those who have been infected by Hepatitis C and/or HIV through contaminated blood products, causing increased hardship for victims. Together with the HSE we look forward to providing essential life insurance cover at the same competitive price we offer all of our customers.”
Securing your financial future through life cover, pensions and investments is the single most important issue for people in Ireland today. Bank of Ireland Life are delighted to be able to help those eligible under the scheme, offering them greater peace of mind and financial security into the future.
The Scheme enables those eligible to avail of life insurance without any extra costs that would arise because of their diagnosis of Hepatitis C and/or HIV. Under the Scheme rules, the State will cover any extra costs required to secure the relevant life insurance or mortgage protection cover.
Individuals who think they may be eligible to participate in the Scheme should first contact the HSE for a Certificate of Eligibility before applying to Bank of Ireland Life for life cover.
The HSE can be contacted on lo-call number 1850 211 570 or website www.hepcinsurance.ie
For further information contact:
Public Relations Manager
Bank of Ireland Life
Ph. 01 617 2586
Mob. 086 856 2929