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First insurance plan for children and young people with autism here launched

First insurance plan for children and young people with autism here launched

SINGAPORE - NTUC Income launched Singapore's first insurance plan for children and young people with autism today.

The plan - SpecialCare (Autism), provides coverage for medical expenses due to accidents and infectious diseases, including outpatient and hospitalisation expenses, daily hospital income, personal liability and death and disability due to accidents.

On top of that, additional benefits - that most insurance plans do not cover - such as reimbursement for mobility aids, psychiatric treatment and physiotherapy and others are also included.

A collaboration between NTUC Income and Autism Resource Centre (Singapore) [ACR(S)], the plan is open to those with autism that are between 15 days old and 30 years old.

Currently, there are two plans under SpecialCare (Autism), with yearly premiums of S$198 and S$352 a year. Both plans have a lifetime limit of S$100,000 and S$150,000 respectively.

Ms Denise Phua, the president of the ACR(S), said, "This significant step will not only help this group to gain access to the basic insurance that they deserve; it also paves the way for the industry to look into similar needs for persons with other special needs."