GIO Life’s Financial Hardship policy
Financial Hardship Support for GIO Life customers
If you would like to change the terms of your policy or if you are having trouble paying your premiums, we may be able to offer you financial hardship assistance. Please contact us to discuss the options that might be available to you depending on the type of policy you hold, such as stopping your premium payments for a short period of time, changing your benefit structure or cover amount or removing certain options.
We encourage any customers facing financial difficulty to contact the GIO Life team on 13 10 10.
GIO Life Customers on Claim
To our ensure our claims managers can provide you with the best possible support while you are on claim, GIO Life has identified further support where COVID-19 may affect the management of your claim, including:
- Establishing a dedicated team of experts across our Claims and Health Services functions to develop practical claims solutions.
- We understand that some customers may find it difficult to collect certain information required to process or assess their claim, either due to social distancing, self-isolation or other matters, so we will continue to listen, and be flexible and pragmatic in our approach.
- For income protection claims where we know a customer’s medical condition or incapacity is likely to continue in the short term, our team has started to schedule benefit payments up to the next three months. Depending on your claim and circumstances, we may be able to schedule future income protection payments, within the limitations of your policy, to ensure you receive benefits in advance and on time.
We encourage you to speak with your claims manager who will be able to assist you with any concerns you may have regarding your claim. Our claims managers are here to support you.
Support for Existing GIO Life Customers
It is important to understand that our Life and Income Protection policies come with a grace period or period of extended cover when customers miss a premium payment. Generally, your insurance cover continues for at least 30 days if you miss a premium payment. So don’t worry if you have missed a premium payment recently, you are still covered for at least 30 days depending on your individual policy.
If you are an existing customer and having difficulty in making premium payments on your policy then GIO Life can offer a range of options to provide you with support to maintain your policy.
GIO Life Insurance products issued by Asteron Life & Superannuation Limited ABN 87 073 979 530, AFSL 229880 (Asteron). Asteron is authorised to use the GIO brand. TAL Direct Pty Limited ABN 39 084 666 017 AFSL 243260 (TAL Direct) has been authorised under an arrangement with Asteron to enter into, vary or cancel insurance cover and manage, administer and settle claims on behalf of the insurer as if it were the insurer. TAL Direct and Asteron are part of the TAL Dai-ichi Life Australia Pty Limited ABN 97 150 070 483 (TAL) group of companies.