Social Security and Complementary Insurance
Obtaining students social security is compulsory for students under 28, except for:
- students personally insured as paid workers
- spouse/ partner of an eligible regular affiliated member(non student).
- students with a parent, salaried in a company under a special French social security system
- Citizens of European Union countries using the European Health Insurance Card . This card has to be obtained from the social security office before departing from their country. The card must be valid when registering at Sciences Po.
- students coming from Quebec, Andorra and Monaco provided with specific forms issued by their national social security office.
Important : In any of the above listed situations, the student must be able to provide proof of social security coverage during the whole academic year (September 1 to August 30). This coverage must be valid throughout the French territory and cover the same risks as the student social security.
Students over 28 can't affiliate to the student social security. They should contact the Primary Health Insurance Fund from their place of residence for terms and conditions of their care. For more information...
To benefit from the student social cover system, students pay an annual and a one time fixed rate which is 211 € for the 2013-2014 academic year (social security rates for 2014 /2015 academic year will be available soon)
Scholarship holders, under the condition that they have not yet used all their scholarship rights, for their degree or cursus, will be exempted of payment for the health insurance upon producing the relevant documents proving their scholarship holder status.
Students covered with the student social security have to choose a payment centre that will process the reimbursements for medical expenses : SMEREP (center 617) or LMDE (center 601). If they also decide to subscribe for a complementary insurance with one or the other of these student mutuelles, they will have to choose the one corresponding to the chosen payment center (see below).
Taking an insurance cover with the student's social security (compulsory) and a mutuelle (optional) have imperatively to be done at the time of registration with the administrative department.
Reimbursement conditions for medical expenses have changed since the 2004-810 rule of august 13th, 2004. For more information, please consult the website of social security offices (http://ameli.fr) to be informed on the medical care formalities and the obligation, to declare and designate a regular doctor known as médecin traitant.
You can find the procedures to follow on your first request for reimbursement of medical expenses.
These policies are proposed by the student mutuelles (complementary insurance companies) empowered by the Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur under the control of the Social Security offices (caisses primaires d'assurance maladie). They complete and cover the difference between the reimbursements made by the Social Security and actual costs, as well as give access to the tiers payant card (which exempts from paying certain expenses in advance in certain establishments).
Please note that students receiving a scholarship from the Crous, can benefit from a € 100 allowance from the "Region Ile-de-France" , in order to buy a complementary insurance. For more information, click here
For more information about social security and complementary insurance in several languages, please click on http://www.lmde.fr and http://www.smerep.fr or browse the frequently asked questions to get immediate help.