1955 - Act (1954 Nr. 266) regarding maternity assistance

Policy Field: 
Family & Children
Topic: 
Maternity Protection
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Major Implications of the Reform: 

The maternity insurance is made mandatory for almost all women (as it is tied to the universal health insurance), and the means-tested maternity allowance is thus abolished. Costs in connection with delivery are covered, so that women who wish to do so can give birth in a maternity ward at a hospital. A basic allowance is paid to all women, equivalent to three months of sickness benefits. Compensation for lost income is paid out for employed women who take leave during a maximum of 90 days. A woman may take parental leave with benefits at the earliest 45 days before the expected delivery. Women who have children below ten years of age receive an additional allowance.