RETROACTIVE:Changes to the Disaster Prevention and Protection Act are to be retroactive to Aug. 6 last year to include those affect by Typhoon Soudelor
Date: Mar 26, 2016
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
The amendments proposed to the Disaster Prevention and Protection Act (災害防救法)
cleared the Legislative Yuan yesterday, entitling victims of natural disasters to a variety of of financial support and exemptions. Also amended yesterday was an article of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法) for the advancement of Aboriginal rights.
In the wake of the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that shook Tainan on Feb. 6 and claimed 117 lives, the amendment bill was proposed and passed the third reading yesterday.
The amended law broadens terms to include damage caused by soil liquefaction, radiation and industrial pipelines.
According to the amended act, policyholders of farmers’ health insurance, the national pension, labor insurance and employment insurance are to be entitled to government support for a certain period of time if affected by natural disasters
Any co-payments for medical treatment, meals at medical facilities and premiums paid by National Health Insurance policyholders are to be shouldered by the government as well, with the help of private donations. [FULL STORY]