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Canopy Insurance launches in Jamaica; company promises to ‘disrupt and transform’

Promising to simplify insurance for Jamaicans while maintaining superior customer service, Canopy Insurance launched today, January 16, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

Canopy is backed by two of Jamaica’s largest corporate companies, GraceKennedy and The Musson Group, and already has a member base of 10,000 individuals after beginning operations some four months ago.

Intended to “disrupt and transform the health insurance industry”, Canopy has an enviable slate of corporate executives on its management team, which is led by managing director Sean Scott and Chairman Don Wehby, who also serves as chief executive officer of the GraceKennedy Group.

Canopy managing director, Sean Scott. ( Photo: Caribbean Business Report/ Chris Lewinson)

Speaking at the launch, Wehby said “Both GraceKennedy and Musson took a look at the value and service received in exchange for the premium our companies pay annually, to provide these benefits to our own employees. Our research showed a large market that was underserved and that presented an opportunity.”

(From left) Chairman of Canopy Insurance, Don Wehby, Health Minister Christopher Tufton and Canopy managing director, Sean Scott.
(Photo: Caribbean Business Report/ Chris Lewinson)

Meanwhile, citing the company’s aim to reduce needless paperwork for its clients and members, Scott said “The team at Canopy understands that the last thing a person should be worried about during a medical crisis is tackling the complex bureaucracy of their health insurer,” adding “Therefore we have raised the bar for member experience, and through our unique online portal all members will be able to manage all aspects of their benefit plan through the click of a button, have access to a 24/7 hotline and the Camp Canopy portal which focuses on health and wellness through access to free workouts, healthy recipes and overall motivational guidance.”

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton at the launch of Canopy Insurance in New Kingston, Jamaica on January 16. (Photo: Caribbean Business Report/ Chris Lewinson)

Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton, said Canopy’s entrance is a welcomed one, coming when many Jamaicans are uninsured or under-insured, and in a space previously controlled by two companies.

Tufton said “With Jamaicans being under-insured it leads to too many people being denied access to timely medical care, thus supporting the need for the National Health Insurance Plan, towards the provision of universal access to health care which will be complementary to private health insurance coverage.”

Canopy Health Insurance is now available to all working Jamaicans.