Health insurance non-compliers named
A total of 44 businesses have failed to keep up with health insurance coverage for their employees, according to Bermuda Health Council figures.
The BHeC said that more than 200 employees and non-working spouses were affected by firms' failure to pay up.
BHeC compliance officer Ian Cameron said: “The increase in non-compliant employers is concerning because health insurance provides access to healthcare.
“At a time when Bermuda is seeing an increase in chronic disease in patients, this access becomes vitally important.
“These employees are having to pay out of pocket or are not receiving adequate and necessary healthcare because they cannot afford it.”
And Mr Cameron warned: “It is also illegal to deduct money from an employees' pay check for health insurance and not use that money to purchase health insurance for that employee.”
A BHeC report said that between April last year and December this year, May was the peak for health insurance dodging, with 48 companies defaulting and 436 people affected.
Figures have fallen since then, but since August 2016, where there were 26 employers in arrears, the numbers of companies with inactive health insurance policies rose steadily to the 46 listed in December of last year.
Two firms wrongly included on the list issued by BHeC today have since been removed.
The BHeC monitors and enforces compliance with health insurance law and insurance companies have to provide monthly updates on companies that have failed to comply with the law.
The only exemptions for health insurance are when workers are employed for 15 hours or less a week, for two months or less or are students working weekends, public holidays or half-term holidays.
The latest list of defaulters is:
First Friends Nursery & Preschool
Paint N Stuff Limited
Aneesah's Nursery & Preschool
Pie Factory Holdings Ltd.
B&B Fibre Tech
RC Maintenance Limited
Happy Moments Nursery and Preschool
BTA (Dispatching) Ltd
Heavenly Blessings Nursery
Richardson's Trucking Service
Herb Garden Seniors Residence
Inner Harbour Limited (Hunts)
Snorkel Park Company
Clifford Simmons Fishing
Tamerry Dental Healthcare Centre
Little Sprouts Nursery
The Foot & Ankle Clinic
CW Construction & Landscaping
VIP Auto Service
ECM Services Limited
Filter Queen BDA
A spokeswoman for the BHeC said that if a business has been wrongly listed or for inquires about rights to health insurance, people should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 292-6420.