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|Description of Dependant ›||Documentation required›|
Child (biological, adopted, step or foster), with Principal Member's surname, under the age of 21
Note: If the child's surname differs from the Principal Member's, a declaration (Section C in application form) is to be completed by the Principal Member confirming the obligation towards the child and stating the reason for the difference is required.
Note: The spouse must be registered to add the step child.
Child (biological, adopted, step or foster), over the age of 21
If child is a student:
If child is totally dependent due to mental or physical disability:
If child is not a student nor disabled:
Note: The spouse must be registered to add the step child.
|Dependant with different surname|
Note: The child of the member or the member or the member's spouse must be registered to add the child in-law.
|Parents, Parents-in-law, Grandparent, or Grandparent-in-law|
Note: Parents-in-law and grandparents-in-law may only be registered if spouse is also registered as a beneficiary.
|Grandchild, great granchild and so forth|
|Sibling, half sibling, step sibling and in-law sibling|
|Children of Sibling|
Why does GEMS check the eligibility of student dependants?
The annual dependant eligibility review process is an initiative aimed at protecting the interests of Scheme members. This process ensures that only eligible beneficiaries are registered and enjoy benefits according to the Scheme's rules.
In order to ensure that student dependants (who are 21 years and older but younger than 28) can stay registered on GEMS as child dependants and not pay adult contribution rates, members have to provide GEMS with the following documentation:
An affidavit certifying financial dependency
A letter that proves that the dependant is registered at a recognised tertiary institution
All affidavits and documents have to be certified by a commissioner of oaths.
Questions about the employer subsidy ›
How does the medical aid subsidy work?
The subsidy will be calculated at 75% of the total contributions, subject to the limits contained in Resolution 1 of 2007: Revised determination on Medical Subsidy in the Department of Public Service and Administration's (DPSA) circular 1 of 2007
The current limits (effective 1 March 2011) are R720 for a single principal member;
R1 440 for a principal member and one dependant (effectively R720 for the first dependant)
R440 for the second dependant and each dependant thereafter, up to a maximum of R2 760. Circular 17/12/P dated 28 February 2011 also contains the subsidy adjustments.
The no worse off clause (that a member will receive the greatest of the rand value of the subsidy on 30/06/2006 or the subsidy calculated as 75% subject to the applicable limits) only applies if the member moves from his previous scheme to GEMS with no break in membership
The subsidy will not result in a credit/refund to the member, as the subsidy is always limited to the applicable maximums, or the total contribution
GEMS does not determine the subsidy receivable (these calculations are done by the employer)
To determine the subsidy: Employee category subsidy structure: Employees appointed on or after 1 July 2006 An employer subsidy will only be paid if the employee becomes a member of GEMS The subsidy will be calculated as 75% of the total contribution, subject to the following maximum employer contribution:
Member with 0 dependants R720
Member with 1 dependants R1 440
Member with 2 dependants R1 880
Member with 3 dependants R2 320
Member with 4 dependants R2 760
Employees appointed prior to 1 July 2006 who did not receive an employer subsidy on 30 June 2006 An employer subsidy will only be paid if the employee becomes a member of GEMS The subsidy will be calculated as 75% of the total contribution, subject to the maximum employer contribution in 1 above
Employees appointed prior to 1 July 2006 who received an employer subsidy on 30 June 2006 who want to join GEMS The subsidy will be calculated as the greatest of:
75% of the total contribution, subject to the maximum employer contribution in 1 above
The rand value of the employer subsidy received on 30 June 2006 ONLY IF there was no break in Scheme cover since 30 June 2006.
Employees on salary level 1 to 5 who join GEMS on the Sapphire option The subsidy will be calculated as 100% of the total contribution, subject to a limit of R2 760 (irrespective of the number of dependants)
Employees appointed prior to 1 July 2006 who received an employer subsidy on 30 June 2006 who do not want to join GEMS The subsidy currently received by the employee will continue unchanged
It is important to remember that GEMS does not have any authority in respect of the employer subsidy and does not determine the value of the subsidy or the subsidy rules. The subsidy is determined by the Minister of Public Service and Administration through the collective bargaining processes in the Public Service coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC).
Additional notes: The "no worse off" clause (that a member will receive the greatest of the rand value of the subsidy on 30/06/2006 or the subsidy calculated as 75% subject to the applicable limits) only applies if the member moves from his previous scheme to GEMS with no break in membership. The subsidy will not result in a credit/refund to the member, as the subsidy is always limited to the applicable maximums, or to the total contribution (member contribution and employer contribution).
Common questions and procedures›
How can HR practitioners assist members with option changes?
Five easy steps to change options
Carefully consider their medical aid needs
Select an option they know they can afford
Complete the option change form if they would like to change to another option
Check to see if all their personal details are still correct and amend if necessary
Fax the form back to us at 0861 00 4367 by the deadline.
How do we assist members to pay their medical aid arrears?
No backdated amendments more than 3 months can be performed directly via Persal
Example: GEMS receives information for August 2009 where an employee had a salary increase backdated to 1 January 2009
GEMS can now only request the increased contribution as far back as 1 June 2009. The months of January until May fall outside the 3 month rule
What is a late notification of terminated service?
GEMS members should be resigned from the Scheme on their last day of service in the following instances:
When they resign from the public service or have passed away, or
when their contracts of employment expire and when they are discharged for misconduct
PERSAL controllers/users must therefore update the PERSAL system timeously in order to terminate GEMS medical deductions where a change in employment will render the employee ineligible for membership of GEMS.
When termination of employment or death is done backdated on PERSAL (periods of between 6 to 12 months is common), it leads to a reclaim from the Department of all contributions already paid to GEMS for the number of months affected
This practice results in debt being created as claims paid during the affected period will be reversed
The member will be held liable for all claims paid after the termination of employment as the member was effectively ineligible for GEMS membership (closed medical scheme)
According to the Scheme rules: "a member who resigns from the service of the employer shall, on the date of such termination of employment, cease to be a member, and all rights to benefits shall thereupon cease."
What is the correct reference that we should use when submitting medical deductions for employees?
HR officials must ensure that the correct reference number (member number) is used on the member's salary
The reference needs to be 7 digits long and only numeric in order to match the payment received from the Department to the correct member on the system GEMS uses to administer the medical aid
When the incorrect reference is used it may result in payments allocated incorrectly or not allocated and rectified at a later stage. This in turn can lead to the member receiving a debt letter incorrectly
It can also have an effect on changes in contributions (52 transactions) as transactions will be rejected by PERSAL because the references do not match
How do we manage medical deductions for staff with cost-to-company packages?
When contract employees who are on 37% in lieu of benefits join GEMS they will not get the employer subsidy
The system will by default put the indicator at "No"
Should this person be employed in a permanent capacity, the employer contribution indicator needs to be changed to "Yes"
The member will not receive a subsidy should the indicator remain at "No"
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