Apr 01

How to Enroll in the Universal Health Care?

Taiwanese citizens who reside in Taiwan
Any Taiwanese citizen whose household is registered in Taiwan must enroll in the Universal Health Care program from the fourth month after residency was established. (At present, those who are employed in Taiwan or who have previously been insured of the Universal Health Care are not subject to the four-month wait. Babies born in Taiwan are enrolled in the
program from the day their birth is registered.) The Universal Health Care Program classify the insured into six categories depends on their employment status. Individuals
who are residents of Taiwan are unemployed or in job transition must continue enrollment
according to their current status. They cannot interrupt their insurance coverage.

Please enroll according to the employment statuses outline below
(If you fi t the criteria for #1, you may not select# 2, if you fi t the criteria for #2, you may not
select # 3, and so on.


1. If you work for a company, the government or any other organization, you should be
registered in the health insurance program by your employer, formally known as the
“insurance registration organization.”)

2. If you belong to a union, or a farmers’ or fishermen’s association, you should have your
union or associations register you in the health insurance program. (If you simultaneously
belong to a union and a farmers’ or fishermen’s association, you should have the union
register you.)

3. If you are unemployed but are a legal dependent of an employed spouse or a direct
blood relative, you should enroll through your spouse or relative’s insurance registration
organization (employer, union, etc.) as a dependent. (If there are two or more relatives
of whom you can become a family dependent, you should select the closest blood
relatives to support you.

4. If you are unemployed, and cannot enroll as a legal dependent of a relative (i.e. parents,
spouses, or children), then the administrative office of the village, township, city or area
where your household is registered is your insurance registration organization. Please
enroll in the health insurance program through that office.
If you stay abroad for more than two years without returning, your household registration
Students who have reached the age of 20 and are unemployed or have no
way to support themselves must still rely on their parents or grandparents
to be covered under the health insurance system. The insurance registration
organization responsible for their enrollment must submit an “Insurance
Renewal Application Form” by the end of the month in which they turn 20.
This form, along with documentation proving they are students, should be
submitted to the Bureau of Universal Health Care regional divisions where they are registered to extend their insurance coverage after they turn 20.
Overage Student Registration
will be automatically terminated and can no longer participate in the health insurance
program. And you should complete the necessary procedures to withdraw from the
program. When you re-establish residency in Taiwan at a later date, you can apply for the
enrollment again.

Infants
Once newborns get a birth certificate, they legally become the dependent of their father
or mother (whoever is employed; if both are employed, either may be selected) and
should enroll in the health insurance program through their father or mother’s insurance
registration organization. Taiwanese citizens born overseas can enroll in the program after
they have their household registration for a full four months.

Students
1. With no occupation
Students (defined as individuals studying at an educational institution approved by the
Ministry of Education, and who also hold a valid student ID if they are over 20 years
of age) who are not employed can enroll as a dependent through the parent of their
choice. Those who cannot be a dependent of a parent can enroll as a dependent of
their paternal or maternal grandparent. If that is not an option, then they should enroll in
the health insurance program at their local village, township, city or area administrative
office where they have their household registered.

2. Employed Part-time
Students with steady jobs should be registered in the program through their employers.

3. Seasonally Employed
(for fewer than three months)
Full-time students who only work during summer and winter vacations for less than
3 months and return to school when classes resume, do not need to change their
enrollment statuses during the period of employment.

4. Vocational Training
Those students in vocational training programs who work at factories on a rotating
basis can have the factories, if willing, continue to register them in the health insurance
program when they return to class.

The Employed
Those who are employed should enroll through their company or business firm , or its
affiliated organization:

1.Company chairpersons/owners: They can serve as their own insurance registration unit.
If they have other jobs, then they can be insured through their main employer.

2. Company employees with fixed employers: They are enrolled through their employers.

3.Those employed, but without a fixed employer: Individuals who are members of an
occupational union, farmers’, or fishermen’s association, or who are actively engaged in
farming- or fishing-related jobs, should enroll in the health insurance program through
their occupational union, farmers’, or fishermen’s association.

4.Individuals working two jobs at the same time: They should be registered in the program
through their main employer (determined by the place at which more hours are worked;
if hours worked are similar, then income can be used as the deciding factor).

5.Individuals on unpaid leave: They can have their employers, if they are willing, continue to
register them using their original income basis.

6.Parents of newborn children who take unpaid parental leave under the "Gender Equality
in Employment Act” can either continue to have their employers register them under their
original income basis or be registered through their employed spouses.

The Unemployed
1.Individuals who are unemployed and qualify as dependents should be registered in the
insurance program through employed spouses or direct blood relatives.

2.If individuals cannot be enrolled through spouses or direct blood relatives, or have retired
from government agencies, public or private schools, or public enterprises but want to
register in the program independently, they should apply to do so at the administrative
office in the village, township, city or area where their household is registered.

3.Veterans or dependent of deceased veterans can enroll in the program through the
administrative office in the village, township, city or area where their household is
registered.

Taiwan Residents from Hong Kong, Macau, China or Other Foreign Countries
The National Health Insurance Act stipulates that foreigners who are legal residents of
Taiwan (including those from Hong Kong, Macau and China) must either be registered
in the health insurance program by their employer starting the day they are employed
or should enroll in the program on their own four months after the day they obtain legal
residency.

The following conditions apply:

1.Foreign students: Foreign students can apply to enroll in the program through their
school.

2.Those with fixed employers: Those with a steady job can register for the program
through their employers.

3.Those who are unemployed but able to enroll as a dependent relative (i.e.
parents,spouses, or children) may participate in the NHI program through a relative’s
insurance registration organization after four months of residence.

4.Those without a fixed employer nor family members with whom dependency can be
claimed, should, after four months of residence, enroll through the local administration
offices of residence.

5.Company chairpersons/owners: They should enroll in the program through their
company after four months of residence.

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