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Jan 26, 2021
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The State Duma adopted a draft on direct sick leave payments from the FSS in the first reading

The State Duma adopted in the first reading a bill on the payment of sick leave and maternity benefits directly from the Social Insurance Fund (FSS), and not through the employer. The text of the document is posted in the electronic database of the lower chamber.

The project establishes a mechanism for proactive appointment and payment of insurance coverage, including the appointment of benefits for temporary disability, for pregnancy and childbirth, as well as a one-time allowance for women registered with medical organizations in the early stages of pregnancy, based on an electronic certificate of incapacity for work, without statements of the insured person. It is assumed that this mechanism will start operating on January 1, 2022.

It is also noted that in a number of Russian entities a pilot project “Direct payments” is being implemented, according to which insurance coverage for compulsory social insurance is assigned directly by the territorial bodies of the FSS, and policyholders pay contributions to the fund in full.

The project assumes minimal participation of the insured in the process of assigning and paying out insurance coverage. In this regard, the document fixes the technology for the appointment and payment of insurance coverage, taking into account the electronic exchange of data with policyholders, medical organizations, bodies of state extra-budgetary funds and medical and social expertise.

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