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Compulsory and voluntary mutual society members

By obtaining the status of 'civil servant', civil servants of the Public Administration become compulsory mutual society members

Career civil servants of the Public Administration and probationary civil servants are compulsory mutual society members from the moment they obtain the status of 'civil servant'. Voluntary mutual society members are those who, in certain circumstances provided for in Article 8.2 of the Law on the Social Security of State Civil Servants, undertake to pay the contributions applicable to civil servants and the State. Both types of civil servants have the right to healthcare for mutual society members.

In the following paragraphs, we will look at the following points:

  1. Compulsory mutual society members
  2. Voluntary mutual society members
  3. Regaining the status of compulsory mutual society member
  4. Retired workers
  5. Changing from a compulsory to a voluntary mutual society member

Compulsory mutual society members

Career civil servants of the Public Administration and probationary civil servants that aspire to enter Bodies of the Public Administration are compulsory mutual society members, in accordance with Articles 3 and 7 of the Law on the Social Security of State Civil Servants, Royal Legislative Decree 4/2000, of 23 June. Therefore, MUFACE mutual society members do not include civil servants of Bodies and Categories of other Public Administrations, other Government Agencies, Military Administrations, Department of Justice, Social Security, or University administrations or services (Article 3.2)

MUFACE membership takes effect at the time of entry into office. The membership becomes active at the time of acquiring the status of civil servant in a staff body that falls under the scope of application of administrative mutualism or, where applicable, at the start of the corresponding probationary period. In this process, the mutual society member will be added to MUFACE and assigned a lifelong membership number which never changes, and will be issued a membership document once he/she has chosen a Health Care Entity affiliated with MUFACE.

In accordance with Article 7.1 of the Law, civil servants become mutual society members when their status is reinstated, or when they return to active service, and they will retain the status of mutual society member with the same rights and obligations as for civil servants in active service when they change to any of the following situations:

  1. a) Special services
  2. b) Services in Autonomous Communities
  3. c) Waiting position
  4. d) Mandatory leave
  5. e) Leave of absence for the care of family members
  6. f) Provisional or definitive suspension of duties              

In turn, the status of compulsory mutual society member can be lost in the following situations (article 8):

  • Entering a situation of personal leave
  • Losing the status of civil servant for any reason
  • Exercising the right of transfer set forth in Article 11.2 of Appendix VIII of the Statute on European Community Civil Servants, approved by Council Regulation 259/1968, of 29 February
  • Compulsory membership to the Special Armed Forces Scheme

Voluntary mutual society members

In accordance with Article 8.2 of the Law, mutual society members who are going to deregister in the three previous cases can remain registered as voluntary mutual society members provided that they exercise this option within one month and undertake to pay the contributions applicable to civil servants and the State.

If the request is not made within this time frame, once the cancellation has taken place, the status of mutual society member cannot be recovered on a voluntary basis.

Regaining the status of compulsory mutual society member

Mutual society members on leave and voluntary mutual society members will automatically recover their status of 'compulsory mutual society members' if they assume any of the aforementioned situations required to hold this status or are reinstated with this status.

Retired workers

Retired workers will become compulsory mutual society members by providing the retirement agreement issued by the competent staff body, provided that they meet one of the following three requirements:

  1. a) They come from administrative situations that entail the status of compulsory mutual society member upon registration.
  2. b) They have remained registered as voluntary mutual society members.
  3. c) They receive a Pension for Ex-Civil Servants due to their status of civil servant included in the MUFACE scope of application.

Changing from a compulsory to a voluntary mutual society member

To process this change, you must request it at your MUFACE Provincial Service or Representative Office within one month after the date on which you received the notification granting your personal leave, or from the start date of the personal leave, and provide your bank account details to make the quarterly payments to MUFACE.

Members must understand the following general contents with regard to the insurance for civil servants:

 

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