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Two reforms were active in the field of health and well-being of youth in Slovenia in 2019:
- Healthcare and Health Insurance Act (Zakon o zdravstvenem varstvu in zdravstvenem zavarovanju).
The compulsory insurance scheme for students over the age of 26 remains unchanged. Students are compulsorily insured as permanent residents in the Republic of Slovenia, which means that they themselves are liable for payment of the contribution and entitled to the medical benefit. If they are socially endangered, they can exercise the right to payment of the compulsory health insurance contribution in the social field, which means that the municipality where they are permanent residents pays the contribution, and they are entitled to the payment of health benefits. When they reach the age of 26, students become taxpayers for the payment of health benefits. At that time, all income is calculated according to the Income Tax Act, including family pensions.
- Student Status Act (Zakon o urejanju položaja študentov)
A proposal from the Slovenian Students Union (Študentska organizacija Slovenije) included several aspects that aim at improving students’ overall position. The act was backed by a public campaign under the banner ‘What about us?’ (Kaj pa mi?). The proposal intervened in six different pieces of legislation. The aim of the amendment to the Healthcare and Health Insurance Act (ZZVZZ) was to provide young people with compulsory health insurance for their parents for the entire duration of their education (insurance for the parents on behalf of the students). In this way, the right to insurance is linked to the student/student’s status (and not to the age of 26). Additional conditions are also introduced to prevent abuse.
On 23 October 2017 the Student Status Act (Zakon za urejanje položaja študentov) was adopted which amends the Health Care and Health Insurance Act (Zakon o zdravstvenem varstvu in zdravstvenem zavarovanju). The change in the amendment allows a student to be insured as a family member, not by the time she/he reaches the age of 26, but by the end of the academic year in which she/he reaches the age of 26.
There are no other relevant current debates related to youth health.