Coronavirus. Who will be able to benefit from the free masks?

The cost of the compulsory mask can rise to more than 200 € per month for a family, according to an article in Parisian published Monday. This important figure has revived the debates on free masks, which the left wants generalized for all. So much so that the Minister of Health Olivier Véran outlined, Tuesday in the Assembly, the outlines of his plan to provide free masks. But not to everyone. So who could be affected by this device?

According to the minister’s speech, the precarious public. In more detail, Olivier Véran mentioned the people who benefit from complementary solidarity health, formerly CMU. About 5.2 million people were affected by this device in June 2019, according to the latest Health Insurance survey.

In addition, since the deconfinement on May 11, beneficiaries of State Medical Aid (AME) can also benefit from these free masks. Created in 2000, AME is aimed at foreigners in an irregular situation in France in a stable, i.e. uninterrupted for more than 3 months, according to Health Insurance. The resources ceiling to be eligible for it is the same as that of the Solidarity health supplement. Around 320,000 people in irregular situations benefited from AME at the end of 2017 according to a Senate report. The report also specified that only two beneficiaries of the AME in three actually consumed care, for a total cost of around 900 million euros, barely 0.5% of health spending in the country.

If the left has called for a generalization of free masks, this is unlikely to succeed. Indeed, Emmanuel Macron opposed it during his televised intervention on Tuesday evening, on TF1.

Following the announcements of the minister and Emmanuel Macron, the LR president of the Île-de-France region Valérie Pécresse, announced this Wednesday, July 22, that the some 500,000 high school students in the community would both receive washable masks at the start of the school year. . A free system that should benefit all charities in the region.

Some town halls such as Rennes or Nantes had already distributed washable fabric masks free of charge to their citizens upon deconfinement.


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