Every month sees new things arrive. As of June 1, 2021, here is what changes, and it concerns your wallet, your daily life or your health.
Expansion of reimbursement for spectacle lenses
A greater number of patients will be able to benefit from reimbursement for spectacle lenses as of June 1. Until now, glasses were reimbursed, regardless of age, from a diopter of 8.25. This threshold is now lowered to 7.75. For those under 18 and for those over 65, this threshold value goes from one diopter of 8 to 7.5. The measure represents, on an annual basis, a budget of more than 1,600,000 euros. Some 23,500 people are potentially affected.
Aimovig migraine preventive treatment reimbursed as of June 1
From June 1, the preventive treatment for migraine Aimovig from Novartis will be reimbursed in Belgium for adults suffering from at least eight days of migraine per month and having previously tried at least three prophylactic treatments (preventive, editor’s note) without success. The co-payment will be 12.10 euros for an ordinary insured patient and 8.00 euros for a patient with BIM status (ex VIPO). Excluding reimbursement, the monthly cost of the drug will amount to 491.32 euros.
The 422 reptiles authorized in Brussels
The list of reptiles that can be kept as a pet in the Brussels-Capital Region comes into force on June 1. As of June 1, any new buyer in Brussels of a reptile must, if the animal is not among the 422 authorized species listed, apply for approval from Bruxelles Environnement. Those who already owned an unauthorized reptile before that date can keep it if they can prove that they already had it, whether with proof of purchase, registration of the animal, etc. The same list of authorized reptiles is already valid in Flanders since October 2019.
Railway workers are entitled to bicycle compensation
From June 1, railway workers can receive compensation for their bicycle trips. This compensation amounts to 0.24 euro per kilometer traveled, with a minimum of 1 km and a maximum of 10 km reimbursed per trip to get to work or to return home. Rail workers who wish to take advantage of it must register through the Bike to Work app. The Minister of Mobility, Georges Gilkinet, will later examine with his colleagues and the social partners whether the system can be extended to other professional categories.
A “water” certificate for new buildings in Wallonia
In Wallonia, all new constructions do not comply with water standards and regulations. This is why, from June 1, all buildings for which a connection to running water is requested must first have a valid certificate, the CertIBeau.
This document may be issued by approved certifiers and will be mandatory for any new water connection, whether for homes or businesses. Existing buildings may also be subject to a CertIBEau on a voluntary basis.
The certifiers will be responsible for checking several elements such as the connection to the sewers, the points supplied with rainwater or the presence of lead in the installation. The objective is to prevent any health or environmental risk.