When Is My Medicare Coverage Expired?
By RTE reporter Dara Boseley from Tirana, AlbaniaA Medicare card is issued to a beneficiary.
It enables the beneficiary to purchase health insurance, which covers all essential services, including maternity, prescription drugs and vision.
The cards issued by the Government of Albania are issued for a set period of time.
The cards are valid for two years, however, and they expire at the end of the calendar year.
The government is proposing to change the period of validity from one year to five years.
This proposal will allow the Government to extend the period, which is currently a maximum of four years, until 2027.
In 2017, Albania introduced a bill to extend validity of the Medicare card for five years from 2021 to 2028.
According to the bill, the Government will allow Medicare card holders to buy health insurance at the beginning of the next fiscal year.
This will enable the Government’s policy to be implemented, according to the minister of the Health.
The extension of the validity of Medicare cards is being considered in the budget session of Parliament and will be announced after the vote.
In February 2017, the European Commission issued a recommendation to the Government in relation to extending the validity.
The Commission proposed to extend this extension for two more years, to 2035.
The European Commission said that it is of utmost importance that the extended validity should not impede the provision of healthcare to eligible beneficiaries.
In 2016, Albania adopted a law to extend eligibility for Medicare cards to all citizens of Albania, regardless of their nationalities, which was adopted in November 2017.
However, it was announced that, due to the new law, a Medicare card will not be issued to citizens of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, and Uganda.
However in 2017, it came to light that a large number of people were being issued Medicare cards, as the Government had not registered the new legislation.
The new law also introduced an extension of validity to the period from one to five more years.