Measure foresees annual visit by pensioners to bank to prove they're alive

Social Insurance Fund (IKA-ETAM) pensioners will have to appear once a year at the bank through which they are paid their monthly pension in order to verify that they are not deceased, an urgent measure taken in light of numerous instances of benefits being paid to people not living.
The measure was announced by IKA on Monday.

Between July 1 and Sept. 30, pensioners must appear at the banks servicing them, carrying their police ID card and pension booklet.

Following a crosscheck in 38 IKA-ETAM branches that focused on 1,660 pensioners, it was established that in 244 cases pensions continued to be paid long after their legitimate recipients’ death.

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