The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has approved the Court Settlement Order, in the matter between the trade union Solidarity, the South African Post Office (SAPO) and Medipos Medical Scheme. The court settlement and the approval by CMS will allow Medipos to pay all its members’ healthcare claims, and employees of SAPO will continue to be members of Medipos. In December 2020, the CMS granted Medipos a conditional exemption in terms of Section 8(h) of the Medical Schemes Act (MSA), allowing SAPO to pay contributions in arrears, on behalf of its employees. The exemption was granted as part of Covid-19 relief measures announced by the CMS, giving room for members and employer groups in financial distress, to be exempted from complying with certain provisions of the MSA and the Scheme rules.

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