Bill on health insurance coverage for mainland China students shelved

The China Post
Date: November 28, 2015
By: CNA

TAIPEI — A bill intended to include mainland Chinese students in Taiwan in the country’s National Health Insurance (NHI) program was shelved by the Legislative Yuan Friday amid strong objection from opposition lawmakers.

The Legislature was originally scheduled to review the proposed amendment to the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, which would redefine Chinese students as “residents” rather than “visitors,” as they are now designated in the act.

If the amendment is passed, Chinese students will become eligible for inclusion in the NHI program after six months in a Taiwanese school.

Both the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the small minority party Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU), however, objected to the bill.     [FULL  STORY]

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