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Foreign spouses living near poverty-line entitled to health subsidy

Foreign spouses living near poverty-line entitled to health subsidy

Taipei, Jan. 14 (CNA) Around 6,000 foreign spouses married to local citizens who are living near the poverty level, will be entitled to the government's national insurance premium subsidy, a Ministry of the Interior (MOI) official announced Wednesday.
Those living near the poverty line are defined as people whose household income falls between 1 to 2 times the minimum living standard - or poverty level - for the city or county in which they live.
Household income considered to be in the poverty level are different for each city or county. For Taipei City, the income level is NT$14,000 (US$466) for each member of the household.
The MOI has decided to expand its subsidies for near-poor foreign spouses through its fund designated for foreign spouses this year, by offering them financial supplements to their national insurance premium costs.
There are around 400,000 foreign spouses in Taiwan, including mainland Chinese spouses.
The expanded subsidization was made possible after the Legislative Yuan on Monday passed an amendment that allows the government to raise the tax on cigarette products by NT$10 per pack.
Part of the tax income will be appropriated for the national health insurance premium subsidy for low-income citizens, near-poor citizens, as well as foreign spouses of near-poor citizens.
There are more than 400,000 near-poor citizens, out of a total population of 23 millions, according to the MOI.
(By Elizabeth Hsu)




Updated : 2021-06-21 21:29 GMT+08:00