AllClear Travel, a specialist travel insurance provider for people with medical conditions, has welcomed the Equality Office's policy Statement about the Equality Bill, which if implemented will begin in 2012.
One of the biggest problems for older people, especially if they have existing medical conditions, is finding travel insurance for their holiday abroad.
This new Equality Bill could help ensure that people can obtain the insurance they require and which is right for them. Under the terms of the proposed new laws, it will become compulsory for insurers who decline to provide cover (based on age or infirmity) to refer customers to a more specialised insurance provider or tell them where they can find such cover.
Currently, when an insurer refuses these customers cover, they are left to continue their search alone, without knowledge that other insurance is available or where to obtain it. Some companies refuse to offer insurance or the premium can exceed the entire cost of the holiday.
Chris Blackman at AllClear Travel says: "The proposed new laws should make it easier for older people to find the specialist travel insurance that they need with one simple phone call or online quote."
AllClear's travel insurance covers almost any pre-existing medical conditions including diabetes, angina, arthritis, asthma, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, epilepsy and stroke.
Travel insurance: News update: 22 February 2010