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Changes to NIB Contributions and Regulations

12/30/2010 4:39:00 AM
Higher Insurable Wage Ceiling
  • Contributions (for both the employer and the employee) in respect of the employee who makes more than $400 per week has increased. While the rate of contributions remains the same, the new wage ceiling is $500 per week/$2,167 per month. For weekly paid persons, the first salary deduction at the higher rate will be for the pay period in which January 3 falls.
  • Contributions for self-employed persons who make more than $1,733 per month have increased. The new ceiling is $2,167 per month, with the first contribution payment on the higher rate due at the end of January.

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Direct Deposit
5/19/2010 7:30:11 AM
In February 2006, the National Insurance Board (NIB) began the initiative to have all long-term benefit and assistance payments deposited directly into pensioners’ bank accounts. Apart from the efficiency gained as a result of the direct deposit, NIB considered the initiative to be a significant step forward in ensuring that the actual process of paying pensions and assistance payments was more humane and individualized, as well as confidential.
The National Insurance Board and The Bahamas Pharmaceutical Association announced on Thursday that they are working together to successfully launch the National Prescription Drug Plan (NPDP) in August of this year.
The National Insurance Board and The Bahamas Pharmaceutical Association announced on Thursday that they are working together to successfully launch the National Prescription Drug Plan (NPDP) in August of this year.
The National Insurance Board Press Release on Unemployment Benefit
Prime Minister the Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham this week approved the request from the National Insurance Board (NIB), to close out the interim phase and begin the next, permanent phase of the Unemployment Benefit with effect from June 1, 2010. His authorization is in accordance with the Unemployment Benefit Regulations which allow for the Minister with responsibility for National Insurance to advise on the effective date of the permanent phase of the approved program. This new phase will afford unemployed workers the same level of coverage and benefit provisions as the interim phase, but with different qualifying conditions, and a modest increase in contributions.
By Jimenita Swain ~ Guardian Senior Reporter ~ jimenita@nasguard.com: Early registration for the National Prescription Drug Plan is expected to begin next week Monday, said Minister of Health Dr. Hubert Minnis yesterday.
Who is Eligible? In the first phase of the National Prescription Drug Plan coverage has been extended to three specific groups. These groups include NIB pensioners, NIB invalids and children under 18 (or under 25 if in full- time education). For persons of these groups to be eligible for membership in the Plan, they should have been diagnosed with one or more of the 11 chronic diseases covered by the Plan.

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