November 1999 Long Term Care Insurance(Special measures for smooth introduction)
No. 1 /1999
Long-Term Care Insurance (Special measures for smooth introduction)
(For 65 years old and over) No premium between April to September, 2000. It will be covered by the national budget. 50% reduction of the premium between October 2000 to September 2001.
(For those between 40 and 64 years old) For this category of insured persons, the premium for the Long-Term Care Insurance is added to the premium for health insurance. However, the total of 1 year worth of additional amount of premiums for all the insured will be covered by national budget.
For low-income households, the co-payment rate will be reduced to 3% from 10% previously.
The Government has decided to provide maximum of Yen 100,000 per elderly to a municipality which decides to give assistance, outside the Long-Term Care Insurance system, to those who choose to take care of them by family members themselves.
Expected to start in April 2000.
The reason that this measure for "smooth implementation" of introduction of Long-Term Care Insurance was suddenly placed on the agenda is political. In summary:
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