In the overall vote, the National Council’s Commission for Social Security and Health (SGK-N) approved the indirect counter-proposal to the popular initiative “Maximum 10% of income for health insurance premiums (premium relief initiative)” with 16 to 9 votes, as did the parliamentary services announced on Friday. With the same number of votes, she had previously spoken out in favor of a model for expanding individual premium reductions.
According to the National Council Commission, the cantons should be obliged to use a minimum total amount for the premium reduction. Contrary to what has been requested by the Federal Council, they should also be allowed to offset the loss certificates that they accept for unpaid premiums and cost sharing.
In addition, the premium reductions for recipients of supplementary benefits (EL) are to be financed separately by the Confederation and the cantons in accordance with the rules of the EL Act.
The Federal Council’s model would cost the cantons CHF 490 million more, of which CHF 380 million could be used to take over the loss certificates, according to the proposal by the majority of the commission. The separate financing of the premiums for EL recipients would cost the Confederation an additional CHF 1.3 billion and the cantons an additional CHF 800 million. In total, the federal government and the cantons together are likely to spend around CHF 2.2 billion.
The popular initiative “Maximum 10% of income for health insurance premiums (premium relief initiative)” submitted by the SP requires that no insured person has to pay more than ten percent of their disposable income for the premiums for compulsory health insurance (OKP). In order to achieve this, the Confederation and the cantons should do more to reduce premiums. The federal government should bear at least two-thirds of the costs, and the cantons the rest.
The National Council Commission recommends the initiative be rejected by a vote of 17 to 8. Several minority motions were submitted for the Council to discuss the initiative and the indirect counter-proposal. The National Council will decide on the initiative and the counter-proposal in the summer session in June.