Monthly Archives: July 2018

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Are you heading off to another EU country on holiday soon?  Then remember to pack your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) along with your passport.  This gives access to state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 28 EU countries as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The card entitles you to state-provided healthcare under the same conditions and at the same cost as citizens of that country.  In some cases treatment may be free.  The card covers both pre-existing medical conditions as well as emergency care.  Do remember though the EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance as it does not cover private healthcare or return flights if you have to come home early for health reasons.

Cards are issued by your national health insurance provider.

UK citizens can apply for the card for free by going here.  Avoid any site that asks for a fee.

The EU and the UK have provisionally agreed that UK citizens and EU citizens in the UK will be able to use the EHIC after Brexit but this provisional agreement will only apply if the final withdrawl agreement is ratified.

 

 

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The House of Commons Library

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The House of Commons Library is celebrating as this year marks 200 hundred years since its first librarian was appointed.  You can find out more about the library’s history here or watch the video at the end of this blog.

One aspect of the library’s work, relevant to anyone starting to research a contemporary topic, is the production of impartial research briefings on a wide range of current issues.  While these are intended to help members of Parliament by providing them with good quality impartial background information, they are extremely useful to anyone starting to research a current issue. They can be searched by date or topic.

Some recent briefings which may be of interest include:

Brexit and European Citizenship

Brexit the exit bill

Brexit and financial services

Package travel: better protection for holidaymakers

Going on holiday soon?  Did you know that from the 1st of July holidaymakers benefit from additional rights and better protection under updated EU package travel rules when booking travel packages where you choose different elements – such as flight, hotel, car hire – from a single point of sale online or offline. The new rules also cover linked travel arrangements when you book travel services at one point of sale, but using separate booking processes, or, book one travel service on one website, then another service that you are invited to book on a different website.

To find out more about these, and other additions rights contained in the new law, have a look at the factsheet or watch the video below.

Under the terms of the proposed transition period after the UK leaves the EU at the end of March 2019, this Directive will be applicable in the UK until the end of 2020. It’s continued application after that will depend on the outcome of negotiations on the future EU-UK relationship and/or UK policy.