Sodra extends deadline for paying off compulsory health insurance arrears
Friday, February 3, 2017
After causing an uproar by warning thousands of people to pay overdue compulsory health insurance contributions or face sanctions, the Lithuanian state-run social insurance fund Sodra said on Friday that it will wait for a month before taking action to recover the arrears.
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The average old-pension should go up by about 20 euros starting early 2017, which is 5 euros more than the increase planned earlier. The raise is envisaged in the revised 2017 budget draft of the Sodra state-run social insurer. The draft does not say anything about the plans of the Peasant and Green Union, which won the October general elections, to increase pensions by 40 euros from July.
After waiting for documents from emigrants about compulsory health insurance fees paid in foreign countries, the Lithuanian state-run social insurer, Sodra, has so far failed to check all documents and will postpone the recovery until the end of March, says Sodra chief Mindaugas Sinkevičius.
Lithuanian residents who are expected to have the lowest old-age pensions will be advised to make additional contributions to their pension fund or return to the state-run social insurer Sodra, says Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka.