Šiauliai Territorial Health Insurance Fund (THIF) receives referrals from young individuals who from the autumn began studying at higher education establishments of the EU Member States and wishing to organize the documents of the Compulsory Health Insurance (CHI).
"The insurance coverage through the state resources of the CHI of those studying as full time students at higher education establishments of the EU Member States shall take effect upon presentation of the personal identity document and an official academic certificate issued by the university on the original form of the higher education establishment, confirming that the young individual is the student of that specific university, to the Territorial Health Insurance Fund (THIF). It is important to know that in this case an invitation to study of the higher education establishments is not suitable", - notes Inga Kvedarienė, the Head of the Service Department of Residential Customers of Šiauliai THIF.
The individuals who follow a course of study as students of continual studies or full-time students at the higher education establishments of the EU Member States, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland are insured through the CHI State funds. However, if the students themselves fail to provide documents proving their insurance coverage, such the individual shall remain uninsured. In such case, such the individuals may have to pay a considerable amount for treatment abroad.
The said students get the CHI coverage for a period of one academic year. This is why a certificate from a higher education establishment has to be provided to the THIF every academic year. If the student is unable to provide the documents himself or herself, they can be sent to the THIF as a registered letter. In such case, the CHI coverage period will be established as per the data of the certificate received.
It is important to pay attention to the fact which month the studies officially begin. Pupils and students of continual studies or full-time students get the CHI coverage through the State funds and this insurance is valid until the end of August. If the young individual continues to attend school or to study from September, the CHI coverage also continues to be valid.
"Studies in some foreign higher education establishments begin only in October. In such case, the CHI contribution for September has to be paid by students themselves. Next year, if the individual will continue to study, insurance coverage will be in effect from October to October, and there will be no need to pay extra for September", - explains the representative of Šiauliai THIF.
The students having provided the THIF with the necessary documents are issued with European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). They may lodge an application with the THIF by themselves or through the authorized person (upon arrival of the latter to the THIF). This card confirms the student's entitlement to emergency medical services funded through the resources of the Compulsory Health Insurance Fund budget. With EHIC in their possession, the students are guaranteed to get when necessary emergency medical services according to the law of the country in which they are studying.
A student who does not have EHIC may have to cover himself or herself the costs of emergency medical services provided. After returning to Lithuania where he or she is covered by compulsory health insurance, the student may apply to the THIF for compensation of expenses incurred.
Young individuals who declare their departure from Lithuania when they go to study in EU Member States lose the status of the permanent resident of Lithuania and are deprived of the right to be covered with the CHI through the State resources since only the permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania can be insured through the State resources. It is important to know that the individuals who study in the EU do not need to declare their departure from Lithuania.
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