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Babies born to foreign nationals to receive automatic health insurance

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Babies born to foreign nationals who reside in Taiwan legally will be automatically covered by the national health insurance system, instead of having to wait, according to a draft bill that passed an initial screening by a Legislative committee Thursday.

Under the current National Health Insurance Act, if foreign nationals give birth in Taiwan, their children are not eligible for health insurance until they reach six months old.

Legislator Gao Jyh-peng(高志鵬) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party proposed the revision.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare, in a report submitted to the Legislature's Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee, pointed out that babies born to Taiwanese nationals are automatically covered by the system and the newborn babies of foreign nationals should be treated the same way.

The committee supported the views of the ministry and passed the initial screening of the draft bill.

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