Final spurt for government: subsidy pension, maternity protection and less fraud

It will take eight months until the general election, until then CDU, CSU and SPD want to implement various laws and new regulations. Especially in social policy, the government could thus score with voters. But while the proposed grant pension and improved maternity protection can be easily explained, many voters have little use for the term Morbi-RSA.

At the end of the current legislative period there are many points left on the government’s agenda for new laws or legislative changes. Above all, Federal Labor Minister Andrea Nahles (SPD) and Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe (CDU) are under pressure. In addition, improvements in social policy can always be used well to promote both your own party and a possible continuation of the grand coalition . Andrea Nahles has the legal anchoring of the so-called subsidy or Solidarrente on the plan. Hermann Gröhe could even beat an additional two birds with the aid of the Healing and Aid Act: an improvement in maternity protection for the privately insured and an end to the misuse of the Morbi-RSA .

Nahles’ long way to solidarity

Andrea Nahles has been fighting since the beginning of the reign for the pension increase for long-term pension insured , whose pension is only on basic security level. But while other projects of the Ministry of Labor have now been implemented, such as the pension at 63, the mother’s pension or the strengthening of occupational pensions, there are always setbacks in the initially referred to as a living wage pension scheme.

Critics complain, for example, that the pension increase would benefit only a small group of people. Thus, it could change little of the growing problem of old-age poverty, as most sufferers do not meet the eligibility requirements. There are also problems with regard to financing , since according to Nahles this should come from tax revenue. But rejects the inter alia, the Federal Ministry of Finance. However, according to one employee of the Minister of Labor, Nahles still wants to implement the subsidy pension in this legislative period. This reports the WirtschaftsWoche.

Sickness allowance during maternity leave for privately insured mothers

Hermann Gröhe is likely to encounter significantly less headwinds in his current projects than the Minister of Labor. Because these should cost the taxpayers nothing, they should also eliminate maladministration. The improved maternity protection for privately insured mothers affects self-employed women six weeks before and eight weeks after birth. Because even if a sickness allowance was agreed with the private health insurance, maternity leave is often excluded . As the German press agency reports, Gröhe now wants to oblige health insurers to pay a daily allowance in this case as well.

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Morbi-RSA: No manipulation in diagnoses

Last year, it became known that some public health insurance companies are financially tempting doctors to diagnose more serious illnesses, so that the health fund would receive higher compensation payments through the Morbi-RSA risk structure compensation scheme. Now Federal Health Minister Gröhe wants to proceed with a new regulation to make patients on paper appear sicker. An abuse of the Morbi-RSA , which actually serves to relieve funds with especially many elderly and sick insured, could be contained by a corresponding ban. However, the minister does not want to leave it. In addition, he has initiated the preparation of an expert report, which is to examine further countermeasures against manipulation .

Both the improved maternity protection and the regulations on the Morbi-RSA are being introduced as part of the Therapeutic Aid Act and could thus enter into force until the Bundestag election.