WARSAW, Poland -- The following information was released by News from Poland:
The government adopted a draft law regulating the payment system of health insurance premiums for farmers and their household members.
It assumes that the premium for health insurance will be PLN 1 monthly for each conversion hectare of arable land on a given farm. This shall mean that on farms with an area of​​:
- less than 6 hectares of conversion arable land - the premium for health insurance for farmers and their family members will be paid by the Agricultural Social Insurance Fund (KRUS),
- more than 6 hectares of conversion arable land - health premiums will be paid by the farmer.
The proposed solutions are temporary and shall apply from 1 January to 31 December 2012. This is due to the fact that the introduction of final changes calls for the reconstruction of the tax system for farmers who do not operate in special branches of agricultural production.
Changes to the rules of payment of health insurance for farmers have been announced by Prime Minister Donald Tusk in his expose. They result from a ruling of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal issued in October 2010, which questioned the public funding of health premiums for farmers, regardless of their financial status.
Source: the Chancellery of the Prime Minister