doing study abroad. am I covered?

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doing study abroad. am I covered?

Postby sceaminmonkey » 09 Feb 2011, 03:42

so I am doing a study abroad program this summer and am curious since I wont be a legal resident in italy but I will be a citizen will I be covered under the italian health system? my school provides insurance but I am just curious.

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Postby johnnyonthespot » 09 Feb 2011, 12:56

Once again, ExpatsInItaly ( http://expatsinitaly.com/phpbbforum/viewforum.php?f=2 ) is probably a good place to ask this question.

My feeling: if you already have Italian citizenship, upon arrival in Italy you should immediately apply for residenza; once you have the certificato di resideza in hand, you then go to the local saniteria office to enroll in the national healthcare system, choose a primary care physician, etc.

There is an article on this subject here: http://expatsinitaly.com/node/104

I don't believe you can sign up for national healthcare unless you establish residency first.
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Postby Italysearcher » 09 Feb 2011, 13:19

Carmine is right. However once you have established residency you can ask for AIRE a special denomination for Italians living outside the country. You can then get resume your health coverage each time you visit and you even get to vote in the Italian elections. What other country gives its expats voting rights? Just the one governed by Berlusconi!
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Postby jennabet » 09 Feb 2011, 20:58

If you're a citizen you are fully covered under the national healthcare plan in Italy. You will have the benefits that every other Italian citizen has and you will be treated as if you were born there and always lived there. You will not be treated as an American citizen.

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Postby mler » 10 Feb 2011, 11:55

Italysearcher wrote: What other country gives its expats voting rights? Just the one governed by Berlusconi!

The one governed by Obama (Bush, Clinton, etc.) American expats also retain the right to vote in US elections.

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Postby jennabet » 10 Feb 2011, 16:53

Actually, Italian expats having the right to vote from overseas is relatively new, as compared with the length of time American expats have been allowed to cast absentee ballots.

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Postby Italysearcher » 10 Feb 2011, 17:39

Good grief! It always seemed wrong to me that persons who have no residency (and I'm not talking about military etc) and don't plan to return to their country of birth have the right to determine policy!
I left England in 1967 and emigrated in Canada. They don't let me vote in England and that's OK since I know nothing of their politics and issues these days.
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Postby jennabet » 10 Feb 2011, 17:44

Americans pay taxes wherever they are. As long as they're are on the tax roles, they should be on the voting roles as well, regardless of whether they plan to return to the USA.

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Postby jennabet » 10 Feb 2011, 17:47

Italians also pay taxes when living abroad. Bollo stamp in the passport is an example. They should also have the right to vote absentee.

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Postby johnnyonthespot » 10 Feb 2011, 18:24

jennabet wrote:Americans pay taxes wherever they are. As long as they're are on the tax roles, they should be on the voting roles as well, regardless of whether they plan to return to the USA.


Otherwise, it would be taxation without representation. American colonists fought a war over that. :)
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Postby jennabet » 10 Feb 2011, 18:56

A little off topic, but there were some demonstrators outside the post office last week. They were saying that the British Gov. financed the Civil War for the Confederacy. I never thought of this before but it does make perfect sense. They tried to break up our country. In that regard, Italy is much more like America than is Britain. The Brits share a language but that's about it. And remember, the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France, Italy's best partner in Europe.


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