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Han's offer for pregnant foreign spouses was rejected


According to Central News Agency (CNA), October 31, the proposal of Presidential Candidate Han Kuo-yu of Kuomintang (KMT) was rejected by a government official to make exemptions for foreign pregnant spouses for six months residency to cover the national healthcare insurance program in Taiwan.

 The Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-Chung said that even though it is for the sake of foreign immigrants the government must consider it if its fair for others. If they made an exemption for pregnant it will be unfair for a person who is suffering a disease. Chen said whether it's a Taiwanese spouse's residents or not they should have at least six months' residency to cover the national healthcare program and they do not make an exemption for pregnant.

 However, the newly hired immigrants are eligible for the program since day one. If there is a foreign spouse pregnant and need assistance they need to apply for subsidies at Health Promotion Administration. And they will apply for the special fund under the Ministry of Interior for their giving birth.

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