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  • 14 Mar 2019, The Economic Times

India Inc offers medical cover to LGBTQ partners

Several companies offer medical insurance to same-sex partners of their employees, including for gender-reassignment surgery. However, not all companies provide insurance coverage to unmarried or live-in partners of straight employees, although legally there is no bar on this.

Information technology company IBM, conglomerate Godrej Group, hotel chain La-Lit, consultancy Accenture, IT services providers Cognizant and Tech MahindraNSE 1.38 % and HR services firm ADP are among the companies offering medical insurance to same-sex partners of their LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) employees.

Insurers Aditya Birla Health Insurance and SBI General Insurance told ET that they have products offering coverage for samesex partners of LGBTQ customers. However, reservations on revealing their sexual orientation may be stopping LGBTQ people from asking for coverage for their partners, said Subramanyam Brahmajosyula, head of underwriting and reinsurance at SBI General Insurance, who said he hadn’t heard of such requests yet.

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About The LaLiT Hotels

The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, an enterprise of Bharat Hotels Limited is India’s largest and the fastest growing privately owned Hotel Company. The company offers Seventeen luxury hotels, with 3600 rooms in the five-star deluxe segment with eleven operational hotels and six under development/restoration (including three overseas). The operational hotels include The Lalit New Delhi, The Lalit Mumbai, The Lalit Grand Palace Srinagar, The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort Goa, The Lalit Ashok Bangalore, The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur, The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho, The Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal (Kerala), The Lalit Jaipur, The Lalit Chandigarh & The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata. The Group has also forayed into mid-segment hotels under the brand – ‘The Lalit Traveller’. The first two hotels under this brand opened in Jaipur and Khajuraho with 25 more hotels planned in the next five years.

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