The Vietnam Social Insurance (SI) agrees with the proposal of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor (VGCL) for employees to be exempted from paying into the Health Insurance (HI) Fund from June 2021 to January 2022.

After VGCL reported on a new support package for employees and businesses affected by the Covid-19 epidemic, which recommends the Government supplement many policies to support employees, Vietnam SI said that this agency also agreed with the VGCL on the proposal of policies to support employees who are exempt from paying health insurance.

Accordingly, the beneficiaries of the above policy are employees who temporarily suspend the performance of labor contracts or take unpaid leave at units whose operation is suspended at the request of competent state agencies to prevent the Covid-19 epidemic.

According to current regulations, enterprises and employees must contribute to the health insurance fund equal to 4.5% of the monthly salary. In which, the employer pays 3%, the employee pays 1.5%.

In addition, the SI agency also agrees to maintain the policy of maintaining HI cards for employees whose labor contracts or work contracts are terminated but are not eligible for unemployment benefits, for a maximum period of 8 months. The beneficiaries of this policy mean that the employees who are maintained the HI cards must meet the following conditions:


However, according to Vietnam SI, the content of the proposal to change the responsibility for paying health insurance is that the decision to entitle policies for employees during the time they do not participate in paying health insurance is beyond the authority of the Government.

According to current regulations, the National Assembly is the agency that makes decisions on these issues, so it is necessary to report to the agency competent to make the final decision.