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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Introduction to ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Car​​eShield Life

CareShield Life is a long-term care insurance scheme ​launched on 1 October 2020 which provides basic financial protection should an individual become severely disabled, especially during old age, and need care for a prolonged duration.

From 1 October 2020, all Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents, born in 1980 or later, will be automatically covered under CareShield Life from 1 October 2020, or when they turn 30, whichever is later.

From 6 November 2021, all Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents born in 1979 or earlier can choose to join CareShield Life, if they are not severely disabled. To make joining more convenient, Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents born between 1970 and 1979 (both inclusive) who are insured under ElderShield 400 scheme and are not severely disabled will be auto-enrolled onto CareShield Life from December 2021. Please click here for more information on CareSh​ield Life.

Downtime Notice

Due to a system upgrade, you will not be able to log in or make submission to eFASS from Friday, 22 October 2021, 7pm, to Friday, 29 October 2021, 11.59pm.

You are advised to plan ahead and submit your applications early to avoid the downtime period. For more details, click here.



​​​​​​​​​Payout De​tails

CareShield Life policyholders who are/become severely disabled are eligible to make claims, and can receive payouts for as long as they remain severely disabled, and meet the terms and conditions needed to receive payouts. Payouts start at $600 cash per month in 2020, which increases annually until age 67 or when a successful claim is made, whichever is earlier.

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How to Apply

System Maintenance Notice

Please note that the AIC eServices for Financing Schemes (eFASS) is currently unavailable. We are working to bring back online service as swiftly as we can. We apologise for the inconvenience caused. For assistance, please call our AIC Hotline at 1800-650-6060.



Video Guide on eFASS Application Portal

 


After the application is submitted

We are currently experiencing a high volume of applications. During this period, we may take up to six weeks to process your online application. We will inform you of the outcome in writing by mail. If your application is successful, payouts will be made to your nominated bank account in the following month, which may include payouts from the month the application was submitted. The payouts will be reflected as “CareShield Life” in your bank statement.

Please contact AIC at 1800-650-6060 if you require any assistance.


For Existing Scheme Recipients

1. If you would like to change the care recipient’s scheme details, please login with your Singpass on eFASS under “Manage My Schemes” > “Change in Scheme Details”. Please note these additional points as well:

  • If you are changing the care recipient’s scheme details on behalf of a care recipient who lacks mental capacity, you will need to submit a Mental Incapacity Certification if you have not done so before. The form can be downloaded here and needs to be filled in by a doctor.
  • If you are changing the care recipient’s payee to a nursing home that the care recipient is residing in, please approach the nursing home for assistance.

2. If you wish to opt-out from receiving CareShield Life payouts, please login with your Singpass on the eFASS under “Manage My Schemes” > “Change in Scheme Details”.

3. If you are unable to update scheme details or opt out of scheme using the eFASS, please email us at apply@aic.sg, or walk in to any of our AIC Links to request for a hardcopy application form. We seek your understanding that hardcopy applications have a longer processing time.



After the application submitted

AIC will take about 1 month to process your online claim application. We will inform you of the outcome in writing. If your claim application is successful, payouts will be made to your nominated bank account in the following month, which may include payouts from the month the claim application was submitted. The payouts will be reflected as “CareShield Life” in your bank statement.

The care recipient will continue to receive monthly payouts in the nominated bank account by the end of every month as long as the care recipient remains eligible.

Please contact AIC at 1800-650-6060 if you require any assistance.








Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about CareShield Life claims? We may have the answers here:

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Additional gu​idanc​e f​or care recipient​ who lacks m​ental capacity to​ provide consent

1. The care recipient's donee/deputy# may provide consent on the care recipient's behalf. If the care recipient does not hav​e such a donee/deputy, the caregiver* may make the a​pplication on care recipient's behalf.

#​Donee/deputy must be appointed​ in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act (Cap 177) and is authorised to make decisions on behalf of the care recipient in relation to the care r​ecipient’s property and affairs.

*For successful applications without a donee/deputy and paying to 3rd party bank accounts (not applicable to nursing home accounts)​, ​the caregiver or another family member has 12 months to obtain a court order appointing him/her as a deputy, failing which the​ payouts will be suspended.​ For​ more information on how to apply for a deputyship, please visit the Family Justice Courts website.

Doctor’s certification for mental i​nc​a​pacity is only valid for six months, unless stated permanent.


2. Please submit the f​ollowing addtiona​l supporting documents:

  • Doctor's certification that the care recipient lacks mental capacity OR court order of deputy appointment OR recent medical report stating that the care recipient lacks mental cap​acity; and
  • Copy of​ bank book or statement IF you are nominatin​g an account belonging to a deputy or trustee of the care recipient.

AIC requires the input of the NRIC issue date for verification purposes.​

You can login with your SingPass on eF​ASS and navigate to “Manage My Schemes” >​ “Change in Scheme Details”.

If you are changing the nominated bank account on behalf of a care recipient who lacks mental capacity, you will need to submit a Mental Incapacity Certification if you have not done so before. Please refer to Addit​ional Guidance for more information.

If you are nominating a nursing home to receive the payouts, please ap​proach the nursing home to help you submit the Change in Application Details Form to AIC.

Do keep a copy of the appli​cation documents for your own​ reference.

You would need to visit a​n​ MOH-accredited severe disability assessor to be assessed whether you are severely disabled. You are likely to be assessed as severely disabled if you are unable to perform at least three activities of daily living (ADLs). These ADLs are bathing, dressing, feeding oneself, using the toilet, moving around and transferring.

For example, at least three of the following scenarios apply to you:

  • You may need to rely entirely on your caregiver to be fed
  • You may need to rely entirely on your caregiver to be bathed
  • You may need to rely entirely on your caregiver to manage your diapers or catheter
  • You may need to rely entirely on your caregiver to be dressed
  • You need to rely entirely on caregiver to move over a distance, e.g. cannot walk on one’s own or push oneself in a wheelchair
  • You need to be fully supported when being transferred from bed to chair, or chair to bed

You will be reimbursed fully for the assessment fee if you are assessed to be severely disabled. If you are assessed to have mild/moderate disability, you may still be eligible for mild/moderate disability assistance schemes like the Home Caregiving Grant and Foreign Domestic Worker Levy Con​cession for Persons with Disabilities​.

For informat​ion on the different levels of disability and how to apply ​for CareShield Life claims and other forms of financial support, please refer to the information on www.aic.sg/financial-assistance.

If you wish to apply for CareShield Life or any of the severe disability schemes, you need to undergo a severe disability assessment by an MOH-accredited severe disability assessor. You may wish to check if your own doctor or healthcare professional is on the list of MOH accredited severe disability assessors. This can be found at www.aic.sg/assessors-list. If they are not, you will need to ​make an appointment with one of the assessors on the list for an assess​ment.

The fees for clinic-based and non-clinic-based assessments are $100 and $250 respectively. The assessment fee will be waived for the first disability assessment for CareShield Life claims, regardless of the assessment outcome. Otherwise assessment fees will be reimbursed only if the policyholder is assessed to be severely disabled.​

Applicants with dementia or other cognitive impairments will not automatically qualify for CareShield Life claims, and will still need to undergo a severe disability assessment, as dementia/cognitive impairment could affect the applicant’s functional abilities to varying extents.​

An annual periodic re-assessment may be required to assess if a care recipient of a severe disability scheme continues to meet the criteria for receiving payouts/withdrawals. Periodic re-assessment fees are waived, regardless of the outcome of the assessment. We will write to the care recipient if a periodic re-assessment is required.

Care recipients who are assessed as permanently severely disabled will be exempted from disability re-assessments, unless new information comes in to suggest that the care recipient’s condition ha​s improved.

Yes, you can reapply and receive CareShield Life payouts again if you are assessed to meet all​ eligibility criteria.​
Your potential payouts start at $600 per month in 2020 and increase annually until aged 67, or when a successful claim is made, whichever is earlier. This means that if you are aged 66 or younger, your fixed monthly payout is based on the calendar year from which you were eligible for payouts, and not the calendar year of your claims application. For example, an individual who had met the eligibility criteria in 2020 but only submitted their claim in 2021 would have their fixed monthly payout quantum set at the payout amount for 2020 (not 2021). ​

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