The New French Healthcare Rules


Important changes affecting inactive citizens registering in the French healthcare system

The French authorities have changed their domestic rules on eligibility for healthcare services for people not working in France. This means that some people including those retiring to France from other European countries (including the United Kingdom) who were in receipt of a UK state pension or were an E106 holder before 23 November 2007 will continue to be covered under the French healthcare system.

However those people, not in receipt of a UK state pension, who became E106 holders after 23 November 2007 will only be covered for the duration of the E106 and after that date will need to take out private health insurance.

These changes affect people living in France and do not apply to people making a temporary visit to France, e.g., on holiday.

Inactive EU nationals who were resident in France before 23 November 2007 can continue to access healthcare via the CMU, regardless of whether they were registered in the CMU or an E106 holder at that time.

Those people, not already in receipt of a UK state pension, who became E106 holders after 23 November 2007 will only be covered for the duration of the E106 and on expiry of that E106, will need to take out private health insurance unless on expiration of the E106 they have reached UK retirement age or they qualify as a French resident (after 5 years of "regular, uninterrupted residence")

As previously, people already over retirement age who are holders of an E121 which is registered with the French authorities will remain unaffected.

More Information

French Social Security website
http://www.securite-sociale.fr/comprendre/europe/europe/cmu_inactifs.htm

CNAM -the French Health Service
English language service: +33 8 20 90 42 12

CLEISS - France's helpdesk for international mobility and social security

11 rue de la tour des Dames
75436 Paris cedex 09
Tel: +33 1 45 26 33 41

http://www.cleiss.fr/

For holders of E106 and E109 forms

DWP Overseas Medical Benefits helpline
International Pension Centre
Room Tc001
Tyneview Park
Whitley Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE98 1BA
Tel: +44 (0) 191 218 1999 (Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm)

The information in this article is sourced from http://www.dh.gov.uk and is subject to © Crown Copyright

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