Labor welcomes moves by some major insurers in Australia to remove exclusions in their policies that deny cover to people who cancel or change travel plans due to a mental illness that develops after they buy a policy.
This is an issue that affects thousands of Australians and today’s announcement by Cover-More Australia and QBE Insurance is a step in the right direction.
Labor held a roundtable with members of the insurance industry in early 2016 to discuss ways that travel insurance products could be revised to better cover people living with mental illnesses.
We believe there is further to go in order to provide appropriate cover for those with existing mental health conditions and would urge the insurers and the Turnbull Government to work together so that further improvements can be implemented.
Labor encourages other insurers who offer travel insurance products to follow the lead of those companies who have already taken action and revise their products to cover mental illnesses not just physical illness.
Labor will continue to work closely with the insurance industry, mental health sector and community legal centres and consumer groups to improve insurance cover for people living with a mental illness.
This is a joint media release with Labor's Shadow Ageing and Mental Health Minister Julie Collins MP.