Holmwood Technical’s Samantha Pryce, who broke her leg while competing at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia in April.
Insurance coverage for Jamaican athletes competing overseas is now US$100,000 or (J$15 million).
Sports Minister Olivia Grange provided an update on Wednesday during her contribution to the sectoral debate in the House of Representatives.
She said the amount was on a historic scale that had never before been undertaken by any government.
Grange also disclosed that the government has made significant improvements to the Jamaican Athlete Insurance Scheme. She noted that a new contract for the provision of group health, group life and personal accident insurance cover has been awarded to Allied Insurance Brokers for the period from February 1, 2022 to January 31, 2025 for an amount of 38 million of dollars.
Cover for the group health and group life insurance portfolios will be provided by Sagicor Jamaica Limited, while Lloyd’s Syndicate of London will provide group personal accident insurance cover.
Some of the improved benefits include:
– Consultation that goes from $2,000 to $3,500
– Order of $28,000 to $32,000 plus major medical expenses.
The Sports Minister said athletes can now access unlimited psychological/psychiatric services as well as dieticians/podiatrists/chiropractors, massage therapy, sports therapy and speech therapy.
“Other benefits of this contract include hearing aid services, kidney dialysis, radiation and chemotherapy, artificial limbs and other prosthetics, root canal and permanent crown,” Grange said.
The minister said miscarriage support is now available.
She also gave an update on Holmwood Technical middle-distance runner Samantha Pryce who broke her leg while competing in the 4×800 Americas Championships final at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on April 29.
Grange said Pryce, who is still hospitalized in the United States, was covered by the Jamaican Athletes Insurance Program and was receiving good care. She said Pryce should return to the island at the end of the month.
“Samantha didn’t have to claim coverage from the Jamaican Athlete Insurance Program since the University of Pennsylvania agreed to cover the expenses. But I’m glad the Jamaican Athlete Insurance Program was able to cover the expenses. Grange said.
Pryce, who was running his last race for Holmwood Technical, won the 2000m steeplechase and 3000m Open at ISSA/GraceKennedy Champs in April.
She also won a gold and a silver medal for Jamaica at the Carifta Games held in Jamaica in April, winning the women’s under-20 3000m and placing second in the 1500m.