HIF pledges support for communities impacted by WA bushfire

HIF pledges support for communities impacted by WA bushfire | Insurance Business Australia

HIF pledges support for communities impacted by WA bushfire

The Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF) has vowed to donate $25,000 to support the Waterloo and Hills communities impacted by the recent bushfire in Western Australia (WA).

The bushfire, which began on February 01, devastated the outskirts of Perth, WA. By February 03, it had spread and scorched 9,000 hectares, destroyed 71 homes, and injured six firefighters.

HIF has donated directly to the Lord Mayors Distress Relief Fund and vowed to provide individual support to members who have lost their homes in the fires.

“When a devastating event such as this occurs, we want to provide any support we can,” said HIF chief executive officer Justin James.

“We know that close to 700 members live in the bushfire-impacted area, so we wanted to act quickly and provide support where we could. Our goal is to contribute to relief for the Wooroloo and Hills communities and offer our members support when it comes to their health.”

James said HIF will reach out to its members whose homes have been partially or fully destroyed to offer financial support covering 12 months' worth of their health insurance premiums.

“As a WA-born and bred business, it is our responsibility to help our local community. We are thinking of all the affected families during this time,” James concluded.