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Ellipse clarifies G-Day group policies

Group risk insurer Ellipse has responded to the EU’s gender directive by claiming it will provide unisex rate tables only from September this year.

By Simoney Girard | Published Aug 01, 2012 | comments

John Ritchie, group chief executive for Ellipse, said group policies were originally felt to be exempt from the terms of the directive, which is due to come in on 21 December this year.

However, it has since emerged that benefits attracting a P11D charge, such as employer-funded critical illness cover, will fall within the directive and others, such as flexible and voluntary benefits may do depending on how courts interpret the directive.

Mr Ritchie said: “Advisers need to know the approach providers are taking sooner rather than later to enable them to give the appropriate advice to their clients.

“In the group market, quotes are valid for three months, so with the directive coming into force on 21 December, providers need to have set out and implemented their response by September.

“We have established our position now so that we can make the necessary system changes in good time and we want to share the information with advisers so that they know where they and their clients stand.”

He said Ellipse will still require information about members’ genders for both quotations and for servicing in-force policies as the directive specifically allows gender to be factored into the rating of group schemes.

Roy McLoughlin, IFA for London-based Master Adviser, said: “It is clear there is a plethora of unanswered questions for advisers.

“It is imperative that distributors work alongside life offices to find answers and manage realistic customer expectations. The timescales and potential underwriting delays should not be underestimated alongside the anticipated bottle neck insurers may face later in the year.”

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