To whom it may concern, HELP!!!
My partner, elderly father and I recently moved to France in September 2020 on a permanent basis. We all three are entitled to receive an S1 Form from the NHS Business Services Authority, so at present we do not have any healthcare cover. My father has received his S1 Form and but both my partner and I are still awaiting ours.
I speak limited French (although I am learning), my partner and father do not speak French, so I was unable to contact L’Assurance Maladie/CPAM via telephone, and since I am not registered with them, which means I do not have an account and you need one to email them.
A friend used her account to email on my behalf to request an appointment and the criteria for registering with them. She was told that the S1 holder would have to have residency status before registering the S1 Form.
My understanding of the UK Withdrawal Agreement from the EU is that you do not need to have official residency to register and S1 Form with them.
It is also my understanding that I cannot apply for residency until I have prove of healthcare cover… So this appears to be a catch 22 situation.
We can’t register onto the French healthcare system until we have official residency status… but we can’t apply for residency without evidencing healthcare cover!
Am I missing something here? Do we need to initially take out full healthcare insurance for each of us to apply for residency first, then register our S1 Forms, or are L’Assurance Maladie/CPAM incorrect in their declaration that we need residency to register an S1 Form.
If the latter, how do we circumvent this? Who do we need to speak to?
Sorry for this long winded email, but I am at a loss at how t proceed.
Many thanks Fiona