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Gambia: NaNa Announces U.S.$10 Million Nafa Quick Package Targets 83,000 Households 2020-09-17 gambia

The National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) on Monday announced a US$10 million Nafa Quick package aimed at contributing to the mitigation of the social and economic impact of COVID-19 on the population.
Nafa Quick is a government programme with the objectives of providing cash transfers (D1,500…

Cash transfers covid19, Emergency grants, poverty Published Measures summary https://allafrica.com/stories/202007220797.html socpro
July stimulus: What does the plan mean for you? 2020-09-17 ireland

There is a new apprenticeship incentivisation scheme which will provide a €2,000 payment to support employers to take on new apprenticeships in 2020.
This is part of July stimulus package,the largest-ever cash injection for Irish economy (more than €5 billion in cash,along with €2 billion…

Employment, Cash transfers covid19, youth employment, Emergency grants Published Measures summary https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/july-stimulus-what-does-the-plan-mean-… socpro
Korea: Text alerting on COVID-19 outbreak areas/zones 2020-09-17 korea, Republic of

sciencedirect.com (05.05.2020) One of the most effective ways that the Korean government rapidly dispersed these daily updates is emergency SMS messages. All citizens receive daily alert messages through their mobile phones from their local authorities. The alert message arrives with a 40–60 db…

One of the most effective ways that the Korean government rapidly dispersed these daily updates is emergency SMS messages. The government provided free smartphone apps and flagged infection areas with text alerts for testing and local cases. Other free mobile applications have been used for…

ICT has played a vital role in fighting against COVID-19 in Korea.
Mobile devices were used to support early testing and contact tracing.
Advanced ICT was particularly useful in disseminating key emergency
information on virus and helping to maintain extensive ‘social distancing

Health promotion, Health insurance, E-services, Communication communication, covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590198220300221 mmarquez
Korea: Subsidy to individuals who need to be isolated or hospitalized 2020-09-17 korea, Republic of

oecd.org (16.04.2020) Provision of a subsidy to individuals who need to be isolated (both self-isolation and hospitalisation) to support their living costs and penalises those who are suspected to be infected if they refuse to receive diagnostic test or subsequent treatment or go through self-…

Provision of a subsidy to individuals who need to be isolated (both self-isolation and hospitalisation) to support their living costs and penalises those who are suspected to be infected if they refuse to receive diagnostic test or subsequent treatment or go through self-isolation.

Korea provides tests and subsequent treatment free of charge to patients and the cost is covered by central and local governments and the health insurance public corporation. South Korea also provides a subsidy to individuals who need to be isolated (both self-isolation and hospi

Health, Health insurance, Financing covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.oecd.org/coronavirus/policy-responses/beyond-containment-health-sys… mmarquez
Korea: Zero out-of-pocket payment when suspected of infection with coronavirus 2020-09-17 korea, Republic of

oecd.org and mhis.or.kr (02.02.2020) Korea provides tests and subsequent treatment free of charge to patients and the cost is covered by central and local governments and the health insurance public corporation (the National Health Insurance covers 80% and the central government the remaining 20…

Korea provides tests and subsequent treatment free of charge to patients and the cost is covered by central and local governments and the health insurance public corporation (the National Health Insurance covers 80% and the central government the remaining 20%).

“Zero” Out-of-Pocket Payment
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> A verage cost of COVID-19 treatment is approximately 8,000 USD in
Korea. But the cost is “0” for patients. When a suspicious case or a case
recommended for medical examination is found in Korea, National Health
Insurance covers 80

Health insurance, Financing covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.oecd.org/coronavirus/policy-responses/beyond-containment-health-sys… mmarquez
Saudi Arabia: Training programs for employees 2020-09-17 saudi arabia

pension.gov.sa (03.09.2020) The Public Pension Agency has implemented training programs for its employees during remote working so as to better cater their customers during the confinement period.

The Public Pension Agency has implemented training programs for its employees during remote working so as to better cater their customers during the confinement period.

See pdf sent by the PPA from Saudi Arabia (also added as a complete pdf).

Service quality covid19, customer_services Published Measures summary https://www.pension.gov.sa/MediaCenter/AgencyNews/NewsDetails/4/468 mmarquez
Saudi Arabia: Extension of entitlement period of 3 months 2020-09-17 saudi arabia

pension.gov.sa (03.09.2020) Entension of entitlements period of 3 months for beneficiaries who were to suspend their entitlements.

Entension of entitlements period of 3 months for beneficiaries who were to suspend their entitlements.

Old-age pensions covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.pension.gov.sa/MediaCenter/AgencyNews/NewsDetails/4/468 mmarquez
Saudi Arabia: Increase in customer attention hours at the Public Pension Agency 2020-09-16 saudi arabia

Public Pension Agency (28.04.2020) The call center is fully prepared and staffed (remotely) throughout the month of Ramadan to receive all incoming calls, and to deal with them as determined by the nature of the required service throughout the week from Sunday to Thursday from ten in the morning…

The call center is fully prepared and staffed (remotely) throughout the month of Ramadan to receive all incoming calls, and to deal with them as determined by the nature of the required service throughout the week from Sunday to Thursday from ten in the morning until four in the evening, and…

E-services, Client, Service quality, Service delivery communication, covid19, service delivery Published Measures summary https://www.pension.gov.sa/MediaCenter/AgencyNews/NewsDetails/3/491 mmarquez
Monitoring COVID-19 impact on older persons 2020-09-15 Asia

Help Age Asia (2020) As part of an Asia-Pacific regional initiative, HelpAge International and partner organisations are producing bimonthly briefs to summarise trends in the situation of older people and responses to their situation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Old-age pensions covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://ageingasia.org/monitoring-covid-19-impact/ pmassetti
Chile: Early withdrawal of up to 10% of mandatory individual accounts 2020-09-15 chile

Luego que esta tarde la Cámara de Diputadas y Diputados aprobara el proyecto de reforma constitucional que permite retirar el 10% de los fondos de pensiones de las cuentas de capitalización individual obligatoria, la Superintendencia de Pensiones (SP) emitió dos oficios con instrucciones con el…

To help provide financial relief during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chile's president approved a law on July 24 that allows participants of the country's mandatory individual account pension program to withdraw up to 10 percent of their account balances; for most participants, the minimum withdrawal…

Old-age pensions, COVID-19 covid19 Published Measures summary https://diariolaquinta.cl/2020/07/23/superintendencia-de-pensiones-instruye-a-l… mmarquez
Pandemic preparedness panel slams collective failure to heed warnings 2020-09-15

Reuters (14.09.2020) A collective failure by political leaders to heed warnings and prepare for an infectious disease pandemic has transformed “a world at risk” to a “world in disorder”, according to a report on international epidemic preparedness.

covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-pandemic-warning/pandemic-… pmassetti
Netherlands: Agreement on the details of the pension agreement 2020-09-08 netherlands

The government website (04.07.2020) The cabinet and social partners have reached final agreement on the details of the pension agreement. The new system will be more transparent. Workers and retirees gain a clearer insight into the accumulated assets. It also provides a realistic expectation and…

Old-age pensions, Service quality adequacy, services quality Published Measures summary https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/pensioen/nieuws/2020/07/04/overeenstem… siha
Netherlands: Parliament agrees to Dutch pensions reform but questions remain 2020-09-08 netherlands

IPE (15.07.2020) Despite heavy opposition resistance against “breaking down the world’s best pensions system”, the Dutch parliament agreed yesterday to the switch to a new defined contribution (DC) contract which includes a lifecycle system and personal pension pots. However, many questions on…

Old-age pensions, Service quality policy reponse Published_SS_Monitor https://www.ipe.com/news/parliament-agrees-to-dutch-pensions-reform-but-questio… siha
France : Covid 19 - La facture très salée des tests PCR pour la Sécurité sociale 2020-09-07 france

capital.fr (07.09.2020) Le coût des tests généralisés du COVID 19 est très important et la Sécurité sociale est directement impactée.

Cash sickness benefits, Health insurance covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://www.capital.fr/entreprises-marches/la-facture-tres-salee-des-tests-pcr-… gfilhon
Readiness of working remotely: Actions taken by the Public Pension Agency of Saudi Arabia (PPA) under the Covid19- pandemic 2020-09-04 saudi arabia

(May 2020)  The readiness of PPA enabled it to continue providing services electronically immediately after suspending the attendance in wokplaces. Thus, PPA managed to adopt the method of working remotely for all employees (+700 employees) participate in this new method of work, by taking an…

Risk management, Information and communication technology, ISSA institution covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://iskm.issa.int/sites/default/files/2020-09/PPA.pdf pmassetti
EU: Telecommuting because of the corona virus - which country’s social security applies? 2020-09-02 european union, finland

Finnish Centre for Pensions (02.04.2020) The European Commission has published instructions regarding the mobility of workers in EU during the exceptional circumstances caused by the corona epidemic. The Commission states that the regulations on the coordination of social security systems…

The European Commission has published instructions regarding the mobility of workers in EU during the exceptional circumstances caused by the corona epidemic. The Commission states that the regulations on the coordination of social security systems continue to be valid. The temporary exceptional…

Due to the corona virus, many who work abroad now telecommute from their home country. The telecommuting may affect which country’s social security is applied to the worker.

Because of the exceptional circumstances caused by the corona epidemic, work abroad has changed in unforeseen ways.

Extension of coverage, COVID-19 covid19, extending coverage, international_agreement Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary https://www.etk.fi/en/topical-issues/telecommuting-because-of-the-corona-virus-… siha
Switzerland: Simplified regulations for ALV are being extended 2020-09-02 switzerland

Federal Department of Economics, Education and Research (26.08.2020) Bern, - Additional hours that are built up outside of short-time working phases should not have to be temporarily deducted from lost work. This was decided by the Federal Council on August 26, 2020. In addition, income from…

Two provisions of the AVIV Unemployment Insurance Ordinance remain valid:

Bern, 08/26/2020 - Additional hours that are built up outside of short-time working phases should not have to be temporarily deducted from lost work. This was decided by the Federal

Unemployment, Extension of coverage, COVID-19 covid19, extending coverage, youth employment Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary https://www.wbf.admin.ch/wbf/de/home/dokumentation/nsb-news_list.msg-id-80183.h… siha
UNAIDS calls for urgent action to strengthen social protection programmes in the face of COVID-19 2020-09-01

UNAIDS (26.08.2020) UNAIDS is calling on governments to strengthen HIV-sensitive social protection responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

People living with HIV and tuberculosis (TB) are being significantly impacted by COVID-19. Modelling has estimated the potential catastrophic impacts of…

Health, Social policies & programmes covid19 Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/pressreleaseandstatementarchive… mmarquez
Gender-sensitive policies as response to COVID-19 2020-09-01

UNDP (August 2020) The COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker monitors policy measures enacted by governments worldwide to tackle the COVID-19 crisis, and highlights responses that have integrated a gender lens. It includes national measures that are directly addressing women’s economic and…

Cash sickness benefits, Family benefits, Employment, COVID-19 covid19, family_gender_society, gender_and_inequality Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/covid-19-gender-dashboard.html mmarquez
COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor 2020-08-31 Europe

The Health System Response Monitor (HSRM) has been designed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak to collect and organize up-to-date information on how countries are responding to the crisis. It focuses primarily on the responses of health systems but also captures wider public health initiatives…

COVID-19 covid19 Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://www.covid19healthsystem.org/mainpage.aspx mmarquez
Financing the existence of autonomous hospitals 2020-08-31

P4H Network (05.08.2020) Governments can indeed be very creative in designing schemes for supporting private business: postponing tax collection, reshaping accounting rules, subsiding or tax-exonerating some costs, etc. These schemes and solutions are not developed for the health sector, some…

Health, Financing covid19, universal health care Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://p4h.world/en/who-ihf-financing-hospital-autonomy-covid19 mmarquez
Policy Trackers | Oxford Supertracker 2020-08-31

The Oxford Supertracker is a global directory of over 100 policy trackers and surveys related to COVID-19. This novel collection is designed…

covid19 https://supertracker.spi.ox.ac.uk/policy-trackers/ pmassetti
COVID-19 Funds in Response to the Pandemic 2020-08-31

IMF (26.08.2020) In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries have created dedicated extrabudgetary funds (EBFs) to mobilize resources and streamline emergency spending measures. A recently published IMF Note discusses the role these funds can play in the current crisis. The note…

Financing covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://blog-pfm.imf.org/pfmblog/2020/08/-covid-19-funds-in-response-to-the-pan… pmassetti
US: The IRS Extends Deadline to Ensure People with Children Receive $500 Economic Impact Payments 2020-08-29 United States

Social Security Administration (18.08.2020) The IRS has extended its deadline to September 30, 2020, for people to provide information to the IRS using its Non-Filer Tool at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here. People should do this if they: receive Social Security…

The IRS has extended its deadline to September 30, 2020, for people to provide information to the IRS using its Non-Filer Tool at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here.

Extension of coverage, Cash transfers, COVID-19 covid19, Emergency grants, extending coverage Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/2020/#8-2020-2 siha
How Cash Transfers Prevent Lockdown Tragedies 2020-08-28

Project Syndicate (19.08.2020) COVID-19 has decimated livelihoods worldwide, squeezing the middle class and pushing low-income households into abject poverty. Social-protection programs such as Pakistan's Ehsaas Emergency Cash offer not only a path forward during the pandemic, but also valuable…

Cash transfers covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/pakistan-cash-transfer-program-cov… pmassetti