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Cantonal premium reductions

Under Art. 65 of the Federal Health Insurance Act, individuals living in modest circumstances receive financial assistance from the Confederation and the cantons with their premiums for mandatory health insurance. This contribution is known as a premium reduction.

Premium reduction contributions are passed on from all cantons to health insurers directly, and deducted from the premium statement.

Frequently asked questions

When do I get a premium reduction?

CSS cannot factor a premium reduction in to your premium statement until it has received electronic notification from your legal place of residence, stating the amount of the contribution. CSS is unable to make the deduction until it has this information, which unfortunately means that our hands are tied.

The timing of this notification differs from canton to canton. Unfortunately, there is no standard arrangement.

Which canton grants the premium reduction if I move to another canton in the course of the year?

Your place of residence on 1 January is what counts. The premium reduction for the whole year is granted by the canton in which you were resident on 1 January.

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Information for each canton

Canton Information available from: Procedure Registration deadline
Aargau SVA Aarau The application form is available from your municipality of residence.

Individuals who were granted financial support for the previous year will be sent the application form directly.
31 May
Appenzell Ausserrhoden Ausgleichskasse und IV-Stelle (Compensation and IV Office) Appenzell Ausserrhoden Entitled claimants receive the application form automatically.

Other individuals can request the form from the Gesundheits- und Sozialdepartement (Department of Health and Social Affairs)
31 March
Appenzell Innerrhoden Gesundheits- und Sozialdepartement AI (Department of Health and Social Affairs) Entitled claimants are identified automatically by the Department of Health and informed of the amount of the premium reduction . They do not need to submit an application.
None
Basel-Landschaft Sozialversicherungsanstalt (Social Insurance Office) Basel Landschaft
 
Entitled claimants receive the application form automatically.

Other individuals can request the form from the residents registration office.
None
Basel-Stadt Amt für Sozialbeiträge (Office for Social Contributions)  Basel-Stadt
 
The application form can be accessed online or requested from the Office for Social Contributions. None
Bern Amt für Sozialversicherungen (Office of Social Insurance) Entitled claimants receive the application form automatically. 1 July to 30 June
Fribourg Caisse cantonale de compensation (Cantonal Compensation Office)
The application form is available on the website of the Cantonal Compensation Office.
31 August
Geneva Service de l’assurance maladie Genève (Geneva Health Insurance Service)
The application form is available from the canton. None
Glarus Steuerverwaltung (Tax Administrationi) of Canton Glarus Recipients of social assistance and supplementary benefits are not required to apply

All other individuals must submit an application by 31 January in the year of payment.
None
Graubünden Sozialversicherungsanstalt (Social Insurance Offe) of Canton Graubünden The forms are available from February to December of the current year from the AHV branch office. 31 December
Jura Caisse de Compensation (Cantonal Compensation Office) of Canton Jura The application form is available from the canton. 31 December
Lucerne Ausgleichskasse Luzern (Lucerne Compensation Office)
Entitled claimants receive the application form automatically. 31 October
Neuchâtel Office cantonal de l'Assurance-maladie (Cantonal Health Insurance Office)
The application form can be requested from the Cantonal Health Insurance Service None
Nidwalden Ausgleichskasse Nidwalden (Nidwalden Compensation Office)
Entitled claimants receive the application form by the end of March. It can be obtained from the  local authorities or downloaded at
30 April
Obwalden Gesundheitsamt (Office of Health) of Canton Obwalden
Entitled claimants receive the application form automatically.

Other individuals can request the form from the Office of Health.
31 May
Schaffhausen SVA Schaffhausen (Schaffhausen Social Security Office) Entitled claimants receive the application form automatically.

Other individuals can request the form from SVA Schaffhausen.
30 April
Schwyz Ausgleichskasse Schwyz (Schwyz Compensation Office)
Entitled claimants receive the application form automatically.

Other individuals can request the form from the AHV branch office.
30 April
Solothurn Ausgleichskasse (Compensation Office) of Canton Solothurn
As a rule, entitled claimants receive the application form automatically.
31 July (20 days after receiving the application form)
Saint Gall
SVA St. Gallen (Saint Gall Social Security Office)
Entitled claimants receive the application form automatically.

Other individuals can request the form from their municipality of residence.
31 March (20 days after receiving the application form)
Ticino UServizio sussidi assicurazione malattia (Health Insurance Subsidy Service) Entitled claimants receive the application form automatically.

Other individuals can request the form from their municipality of residence.
31 December
Thurgau Amt für Gesundheit (Office of Health) of Canton Thurgau Entitled claimants receive the application form automatically.

Other individuals can request the form from their municipality of residence.
31 December
Uri Amt für Gesundheit (Office of Health)
Entitled claimants receive the application form automatically.

Other individuals can request the form from their municipality of residence.
30 April
Vaud Office vaudois de l'Assurance-maladie (OVAM) (Vaud Health Insurance Office) The application form can be requested from the municipality’s social insurance service. None
Valais Caisse de compensation (Cantonal Compensation Office) of Canton Valais The application form can be requested from the Cantonal Compensation Office of Canton Valais.
Individuals with a B residence permit who were granted financial support for the previous year will be sent the application form automatically.
31 December
Zug Ausgleichskasse Zug (Zug Compensation Office)
Entitled claimants receive the application form automatically.

Other individuals can request the form from the Compensation Office of their municipality of residence.
30 April
Zurich

SVA Zürich (Zurich Social Security Office)

 

For residents of the city of Zurich:
Städtische Gesundheitsdienste Krankenversicherung
Walchestrasse 31
Postfach 3251
8021 Zürich
Tel 044 412 25 90

For residents of the city of Winterthur:
Soziale Dienste Winterthur
Bereich KVG
Technikumstrasse 73
8402 Winterthur
Tel 052 267 64 04

 

Entitled claimants receive the application form automatically.

Other individuals can request the form from their municipality of residence.
None
Those resident outside Switzerland KVG Collective Institution The application form is available from Canton Solothurn. None