Jiangsu rolls out social assistance and elderly-care policies
2017-02-14 15:32:00

The Jiangsu Civil Affairs Work Conference met in Nanjing on Feb 13 and approved new policies designed to improve people’s livelihood such as social assistance, elderly-care and community building projects.

Illness remains a major contributor to poverty. In 2017, more than 70 percent of out-of-pocket expenses will be covered by a basic medical insurance policy in Jiangsu for key groups. The annual cap on payments has been lifted to 50 percent more than the local basic medical insurance ceiling. Local authorities will also improve the linkages between social assistance standards and price increases and establish a “ferrying mechanism” from temporary relief to minimum living allowance, health care, employment, education and other relief.

According to the latest statistics, there are more than 17 million elderly people in Jiangsu, making it vital to build a multi-level diversified system of social services for the aged. In 2017, Jiangsu plans to build 100 new sub-district-level daycare centers for the elderly, 2,000 community dining rooms for the elderly and each county will foster a community-level social elderly care service organization or institution with more than three chain stores. Civil affairs departments will channel social funds to the medical and pension integrated service fields, increase the number of nursing beds by more than 40 percent, and build 20 new nursing homes.

Jiangsu will expand the pilot scope of its long-term care insurance system, and improve the accident insurance coverage for the elderly to 45 percent. “Experience museum for the aged" what is this? will also be trialed in eligible regions. In addition, Jiangsu will also upgrade and build 300 new community-level comprehensive service centers for urban and rural residents.

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