Health insurance renewal is a simple yet necessary process if you’d like to continue enjoying the benefits and financial aid of your health insurance policy. But, what is the renewal do’s and don’ts? Let’s find out:
When is the right time for health insurance renewal?
Ideally, renew health insurance policy 15 days before the date of expiry of the current one. Some insurance companies do offer a grace period of 1-2 weeks even after the tenure of your current policy is over but this clause may vary from insurer to insurer. Also, this grace period includes even non-working days.
Some insurance companies might send you a reminder mail about the renewal but they are not liable to send a reminder compulsorily. It’s better to stay alert with regards the expiry date on your own.
What happens to your policy if not renewed even during the grace period?
Your policy lapses i.e. it no more exists. It’s no more valid and applicable.
It cannot be renewed at all.
You lose all the benefits of this lapsed policy – no claim bonus, etc.
You will have no other choice but to buy a new health insurance policy and have to go through all the formalities like a first timer – 3 months waiting period for the policy for activation; 2 to 5 years of waiting period to avail certain benefits specified under the policy; etc.
How to renew health insurance?
You can renew your health insurance online from the comfort of your home or convenience of your office. It’s the simplest and fastest way.
On the online renewal form of the insurer’s website, you just have to fill in some quick details – current policy number, date of expiry, etc.
After this you have to pay the first premium of the renewed policy through net banking/ credit card/ debit card.
Upon the payment being received, your insurer will a send signed copy of the renewed policy via e-mail, along with the new set of username and password that will be applicable for the renewed policy, henceforth.
Things to keep in mind during health insurance renewal:
It is not necessary or compulsory to continue with the same insurance company. If you find a better service or plan elsewhere you can shift your policy to your desired company, using the portability option at the time of renewal, without losing on any benefits or extra charges or waiting period clauses.
To avoid any future complications, inform your insurer about any new illnesses that you may have acquired by the date of the renewal.
You can increase the sum assured amount if need be.
It’s always better to opt for a health insurance company that has a simple and trouble-free renewal process. Choose the financial expertise of ManipalCigna’s comprehensive health insurances to keep your medical expenditure tensions at ease.