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Migrant workers allowed to transfer medical insurance

By Zhao Chunzhe (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2010-01-15 12:05
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China's migrant workers will be able to transfer their medical insurance from July 1, 2010, when they find new jobs in other provinces, CCTV reported.

Workers will also be able to change their medical insurance type based on their status, including urban workers' medical insurance, urban residents' medical insurance and rural cooperative medical insurance.

Under the new policy, pushed by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, if migrant workers leave their village to work in a city, their medical insurance will be urban workers' medical insurance.

Migrant workers hold a personal ID number which is the only code recognized by the medical insurance system allowing them to update their medical insurance information.

China's medical insurance system covers 1.2 billion people and the policy is believed to push forward reform in this area, CCTV reported.