The Government established the conditions for the collection of the life pension for relatives of victims of covid-19, through Resolution 5/2022 of the Ministry of Labor published in the Official Gazette. It consists of a monthly sum equal to twice the minimum retirement salary, currently equivalent to 65,260 pesos.
From the Executive they highlighted that the pension was established by law in order to provide “a recognition of strict justice for those relatives of the people who died in the first line of fire, considering the particular position of risk to which they were exposed in their tasks, risking his life for the whole of society”.
This is a benefit for the beneficiaries of the following professionals who, having provided essential services during the health emergency, have died in the period between March 1 and September 30, 2020 as a consequence of having contracted coronavirus:
● Professionals, technicians, assistants (including gastronomy, maintenance and cleaning) and operational personnel of the public and private health systems.
● The personnel of the Armed Forces
● Security Forces
● Of the Immigration and Customs Activity
● Household waste and pathogenic waste collectors
Who can start the process?
The life pension can be managed by those relatives of essential workers who died as a result of the pandemic:
● Cohabiting spouse.
● Minor children in charge of the deceased: up to 21 years of age, except in the case of disability (without age limit) or those with fixed alimony, in which case it will be up to 25 years of age.
● Dependents of the deceased worker.
How to get it?
● A process must be initiated at any ANSeS office in the country.
● It is a totally independent process from other benefits and/or allowances.
● It is not necessary to have contributed to the national regime, since the deceased could have been a worker contributing to a provincial fund; It will only be taken into account that his type of work has been considered essential.
● At the time of carrying out the procedure, the family member must present the supporting medical documentation of the person’s death: studies, laboratory tests and medical history.
The pension will be collected from the moment the process begins and not when the process ends and is compatible with any other benefit.
How is the amount of the pension determined?
● ONE HUNDRED PERCENT for the widow, widower or partner, with no children entitled to a pension.
● FIFTY PERCENT for the widow, widower or cohabitant, when there are children entitled to a pension and the other FIFTY PERCENT will be distributed among the children in equal parts;
● When there is no widow, widower or partner, ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of the pension will be distributed equally among the children.
● When the widow or widower attends, together with a cohabitant, the percentage established in subparagraph a) or b) will be distributed among said heirs in equal parts. In case of extinction of the right to a pension of any of the co-participants, their part will proportionally increase that of the remaining beneficiaries, respecting the distribution established in the preceding sections.