New social security bill aims to expand coverage base —SSC head

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AMMAN — Director-General of Social Security Corporation (SSC) Hazem Al-Rahahleh said the mandating reason for the new social security bill is to address loopholes, tackle demographic variables and stimulate youth employment in the labor market to realize a blanket insurance umbrella, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

Addressing a meeting organized by Amman Chamber of Commerce (ACC) Saturday evening to discuss the draft law’s proposed amendments, he said SSC moved over last three years to “interactive institutional” media, which contributed to raising awareness of SSC’s beneficiaries about the importance of social protection and their rights in this regard.

SSC embraced an “open and frank” approach aimed to provide accurate data with transparency and clarity on its regulations and activities, he noted.

Presenting the key features of the proposed amendments, he said the new articles focus on early retirement, which will be applied only to SSC’s beneficiaries who have less than 84 subscriptions at the end of 2022.

Amendments related to calculating the average wage will be applied to beneficiaries with less than 120 subscriptions at the end of 2022, he noted, adding that 90 percent of SSC’s subscribers will not be affected by the new mechanism.

If the law is approved, the social solidarity account will start providing support for education costs from 2023-2024 academic year, he explained.

Additionally, he said, the number of SSC’s optional subscribers amount to some 86,000, with a growth rate of 25 percent, which is the “highest” since the corporation’s establishment.

Noting health insurance as main driver to make the proposed amendments, he said this aspect includes insured workers in private sector institutions and medically uninsured retirees, adding that the 4 percent deduction of the wage or pension goes to paying expenses for treatment in private sector hospitals and 1 percent to treat cancer patients at King Hussein Cancer Center.

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