Thousands of pensioners to face 6% healthcare contribution in August

10 August 2016
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Pensioners who receive more than one pension are expected to face a 6% cut from their main pensions, which will go towards healthcare. According to the circular issued by the Ministry of Labor, this change will come into effect at the end of August and applies retroactively as of July.

Prior to the circular being issued, the recent labor reforms stipulated that the 6% healthcare contribution would come from one main pension. The Ministry’s circular however notes that pensioners who no longer qualify for the EKAS benefit will be absolved from the contribution.

Labor Ministry issues clarifications

A statement has been issued by the Ministry of Labor in order to clarify that the 6% reduction will be from the net pensions paid, rather than the gross, as was typically the case under the previous governments. The Ministry also underlines that fairness is at the heart of the pension reform, which is why pensioners who only receive one pension are exempt from the change.

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