Social Security in Andorra (CASS)
The andorran Social Security system it is centralized in a single public institution, in charge of the administrative, financial and technical management of the entire system: the Andorran Social Security Fund, also designated with the initials CASS.
The objective of the Andorran system is to make prevail Article 30 of the Andorran Constitution of 1993: «The right to health protection and to receive benefits to meet other personal needs is recognized. To these ends, the State will guarantee a Social Security system ». That is to say, guarantee protection, in its contributory and non-contributory modality, of insured persons, direct or indirect, through the appropriate benefits.
CASS is a parapublic entity created in 1966 with the mission of ensuring the administrative, technical and financial management of the Andorran social security system, under the control of the Government. Its operation is governed by Law 17/2008 on social security and has as its main missions:
- Formalize registrations, registrations, cancellations and data variations. Receive social contributions.
- Make benefits effective
- Assume the inspection and control tasks inherent to its mission
- Manage the contentious until the collection of the sums due and / or until the application of the corresponding sanctions
- Cite and claim debtors and offenders through the courts
- All those functions provided by the Social Security Law or by any other regulations
For the fulfillment of its mission, the CASS has its own legal personality and full capacity to act, with the full range of inherent rights and obligations. This institution is empowered to apply the technical and administrative norms of the international treaties and conventions related to social security and can create the commissions that are deemed necessary for the development of its functions.
Branches of Social Security
Social security is made up of two different branches or strands of protection:
It covers reimbursement, temporary disability, maternity, paternity, risk during pregnancy, disability, capital death benefits and orphan's pensions.
It covers the situation of loss of income due to cessation of work or economic activity derived from age and is made up of the retirement pension and temporary and lifetime widow's pensions.
In turn, the system is made up of the general regime, which is the one that most people adhere to, and the special one designed for those who cannot be included in the general regime.
· People who work in public office
· The pastors
· People who hold paid public and / or political positions
· Paid athletes, in accordance with the provisions of regulations
· The partners who provide a service or carry out a work on behalf of the society of which they are partners, under the direction of the corporate bodies in exchange for periodic remuneration
· People who carry out an economic activity on their own in the Principality of Andorra
· Company administrators according to established requirements
· The relatives of the person who carries out an activity on their own in the Principality of Andorra, if they are not employees of this natural person or of the company of which they are the owner, and whenever they carry out an effective activity in commerce, in the industry or on the agricultural or livestock farm of said relatives
· People who have a sharecropping contract
People who receive a social security or government pension.
· Orphans of father and mother and other persons the guardianship or custody of which is entrusted to the State
· Persons interned in correctional facilities
· People with disabilities
· Students from 25 to 30 years old
· Voluntary insured persons in the general branch and in the retirement branch
· Voluntary insured persons to the general branch
· Salaried people who earn less than the minimum wage and are indirectly insured
· People registered with the Employment Service who do not receive the financial benefit for involuntary unemployment
· Early retirees
Social Security contributions
The Andorran legislation establishes that all active persons must contribute to Social Security with an amount of 22% of the gross salary. Based on this and according to the type of activity, it is quoted in one way or another.
The Andorran law establishes that for the salaried employees the CASS must collect the 22% of your gross monthly salary. This amount is divided between worker and employer:
- Workers must allocate 6.5% of his gross monthly salary to the coffers of the CASS distributed in 3% to the general branch and 3.5% in the retirement branch
- The company must contribute 15.5% salary (7% for the general branch and 8.5% for retirement)
However, it is the company that is responsible for paying monthly amounts directly to the CASS, and for this reason some companies decide to assume a higher percentage of contributions in order to partially release their workers.
Self-employed worker contributions
Self-employed workers, (including employers who carry out functions within their society such as those related to its administration), being considered workers in Andorra, are also subject to the Social Security regime. The difference is that they have their own system in which all quotes are on their own.
To achieve the initial purpose that the contribution is 22% of the salary, it is established the minimum contribution base for a self-employed is 2041.35 euros, corresponding to the average Andorran salary as established by law, and on this amount said percentage is applied, resulting in a quote of about 450 €, although this contribution base changes every year.
Of this total amount, a 10% for the general branch and a 12% for retirement of the self-employed worker. However, it should be noted that those self-employed who meet certain requirements specified by the CASS itself may qualify for reductions and pay less monthly.
In the case of Andorra, it should be noted that it is the CASS itself that decides who can have this condition and who cannot .
Health and wellness in Andorra
Healing is one of the strongest points of the Principality of Andorra. As we were commenting in the article dedicated to it, is a system that has entered numerous ranking tops and for several years, and that is based on the principles of co-responsibility, solidarity and freedom of doctor. Thus, it is a co-payment system with a full subsidy for the most disadvantaged and that works through agreements between the associations of health professionals and the CASS itself.
The costs, in addition, in most cases are borne first by the user, and then the CASS reimburses the unsubsidized amount by transfer or other similar method. The percentages applied are:
- In outpatients or health centers, to inquiries or visits of specialists, CASS covers at least the 75% of the cost.
- I case of hospitalization health coverage is 90% of expenses, also allowing direct payment of the percentage not covered by social security.
- Expenses caused by occupational accidents or occupational diseases and births are 100% covered.
- Finally, if your health expenses in Andorra are made before services not affiliated with Andorran social security, reimbursements can be up to 33% of the total.
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