TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Households eligible for the new NT$10,000 (US$345) COVID-19 subsidy can apply online from Tuesday (June 15), and the government will begin doling out the money Friday (June 18), CNA reported.
The subsidy was put forth by the Cabinet to reduce the pandemic burden on households with children or with young adults who have a disability and are in junior high, senior high, or their first three years of a five-year college.
The subsidy, which is part of a new relief package, will benefit about 2.5 million children. For households with children under two years of age, the Ministry of Health and Welfare will be responsible for distributing the money.
The Ministry of Education said that to avoid crowds, there are two ways to claim the money before Sept. 30 without paying any processing fees. The first is to apply online, while the second is to use an ATM.
The online method will become available at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, and guardians should go to this website. The required information includes the guardian’s ID card number and bank account information as well as the relevant child’s National Health Insurance card number.
After verification, the NT$10,000 will be remitted to the account the next day, though payouts will not begin until Friday.
Guardians who opt for the ATM route can go to any Cathay United Bank, CTBC Bank, and Taishin Bank ATM, insert their debit card, and simply key in their child’s National Health Insurance card number as well as their own ID card number to receive payment. For questions related to the subsidy, call toll-free at 08-0909-8001 or 02-7752-3766.