SC Issues Notice On Plea To Direct Insurers To Provide Medical Insurance For Mental Illness Treatment

first_imgTop StoriesSC Issues Notice On Plea To Direct Insurers To Provide Medical Insurance For Mental Illness Treatment Radhika Roy15 Jun 2020 11:33 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Centre and the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India (IRDAI) in a plea seeking for directions with respect to violation of Section 21(4) of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 whereby insurers are bound to provide medical insurance for treatment of mental illness. A Supreme Court Bench comprising of Justices Rohinton F….Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Centre and the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India (IRDAI) in a plea seeking for directions with respect to violation of Section 21(4) of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 whereby insurers are bound to provide medical insurance for treatment of mental illness. A Supreme Court Bench comprising of Justices Rohinton F. Nariman, Navin Sinha and BR Gavai heard the matter and issued notice to the Union Health Ministry and the IRDAI. Section 21(4) of the MHC Act states that every insurer is bound to make a provision for medical insurance for treatment of mental illness on the same basis as is available for treatment of physical illness. The plea, filed by Advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal, states that despite the existence of the statutory provision and a letter issued by IRDAI directing all insurance companies to comply with Section 21(4), there has been no follow-up by IRDAI regarding its compliance nor has any action been taken against errant insurance companies for not adhering to the provision. The plea goes on to aver that the inclusion of Section 21(4) is a result of the ratification of UNCRPD by the Government of India. “Article 21 of UNCRPD deals with HEALTH and Clause (e) of the same deals with prohibition of discrimination against Persons with Disabilities in the provisions of HEALTH INSURANCE as well as LIFE INSURANCE.” It has been submitted in the PIL that the Supreme Court has been continuously monitoring the issue of rehabilitation of thousands of persons who are fit for discharge, but are languishing in different hospitals. In this context, the inaction of IRDAI has deprived thousands from taking benefit of the Health Insurance Scheme. “Needless to mention here that the term REHABILITAION in itself is a broad term which includes medical, physical, occupational, communication and psychosocial services as well as training in everyday skills and mobility.” The grievance of the Petitioner lies in the reluctance of IRDAI in taking immediate action against the insurance companies, and its casual stance on the inclusion of Persons with Mental Illness in Health Insurance Scheme. “Instead of levying punishment on Insurers for not including the provision of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017, Respondent No. 2 is bypassing its responsibilities.” Therefore, the petition has been filed seeking for directions to implement Section 21(4) of the MHC Act and for an Action Taken Report to be submitted on the issue of its implementation. During the arguments, the Petitioner-in-Person informed the Bench that the red tape attitude of IRDAI was the reason the provisions were not being complied with, and that the failure of this compliance was leading to a lot of hardship for mentally ill persons. The Supreme Court accordingly issued notice to the Union Health Ministry and IRDAIClick here to download petition Read Petition Next Storylast_img read more

Mexican Drug Dealers Entered Nicaragua Multiple Times

first_imgBy Dialogo December 18, 2012 I am Nicaraguan and during the 80s the FSLN made a deal with Pablo Escobar, the famous commander Noriega and the FARC guerrilla. What’s happening now is that the busts being done are only to get them out of their way and Daniel Ortega is doing that because of one of his sons, right? Eighteen Mexican nationals prosecuted in Nicaragua due to drug-linked activities, entered the country through four border check points on over 40 occasions between 2008 and 2012, according to immigration records released on December 15. The leader of the group, Raquel Alatorre and other members considered “senior” members, entered the nation over 40 times through the four immigration check points and used five passports, according to the accusation submitted by the Prosecutor’s office to AFP. A report titled Immigration Movement and Vehicle Certificate Analysis and Research, elaborated by the Nicaraguan Police’s Economic Research Directorate is part of the new evidence provided by the prosecution at the trial. Judge Edgard Altamirano from the Ninth Circuit Criminal Court postponed the hearings on December 13 at the request of defense lawyers, in order to analyze evidence. The proceedings resumed on December 18. “These people used three to four passports during their entries and departures (…), with different numbers, and they used different vehicle license plate numbers,” said the report. Investigations determined that the passports are original. Since 2010, the circulation of alleged members of the drug trafficking network “increased the number of trips, people, and vehicles.” The accused parties used identity documents stating they were employees of Mexican television network Televisa, and presented letters of accreditation from the company. They came from Mexico and circulated through Central American countries. Panama was their final destination at first, and then Costa Rica, the document said. The information extracted from GPS devices installed in six of the vehicles they used, established their presence in Hidalgo (Mexico) and the town of Aserri, Costa Rica, as the final destination. The detainees were in possession of $9.2 million at the check point in Las Manos, Nicaragua on August 20, and are accused of money laundering, links with organized crime, and international drug trafficking. last_img read more

Parents regain custody of child

first_imgOtago Daily Times 20 Sept 2013A former Dunedin couple have regained custody of their  daughter after two years, following a High Court decision overturning a care and protection order.Justice Graham Panckhurst has ruled it was ”very unlikely” the parents deliberately inflicted the then 8-month-old’s injuries.The couple, whose names are suppressed, lived in Dunedin when their baby was put into Child Youth and Family care after a hospital visit in July 2011 where she was found to has unexplained fractures.Removing child from parents defendedAfter a family court hearing in December 2011, Judge Stephen Coyle found the injuries to be non-accidental, based on the specialist medical evidence given, and inflicted by her parents, despite ”a lack of evidence to suggest either were      anything other than caring parents”.Guardianship of the baby was awarded to a family member in the North Island and the parents given access. The parents then sold their house in Dunedin and moved to the North Island to be near their daughter.There was nothing to indicate a propensity to deliberately cause harm to their daughter. They had regular contact with friends, family and medical professionals so it was ”amazing” no sign of swelling, bruising or tenderness was observed, he said.http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/274021/parents-regain-custody-childlast_img read more