It’s been a crazy week for us as we’ve been in the midst of moving to our new place. We’ve been making numerous trips back and forth each evening, and tomorrow will be the big moving day. We will finally be sleeping there tomorrow night.
Another thing we’ve been starting to do is gather proof of “vie commune” (living together), one of the requirements for my residence card as a spouse. The list of requirements asked for one document. However, we all know the Prefecture can be fickle. One PACSed friend went recently, and all she had to show was any piece of mail addressed to both of them. Another friend (married) had to show three official forms of proof! I’m glad she warned me! Luckily, they had brought four things, but the person almost didn’t accept certain things. So we’re preparing for the worst, and hoping for the best.
As I am on J’s health insurance as his “ayant droit”, an attestation of that counts as proof. Little did we know that our adventures in health insurance were not over. We kept having trouble with the site which kept saying technical error, so J finally went to the CPAM office itself.
Turns out, I had been kicked off his insurance as I didn’t have a valid titre de séjour (residence card). No one bothered to tell us that. Normally, they send you a letter requesting a copy, but somehow, that didn’t happen. I never provided that last year when I signed up, so it didn’t occur to me that I would need to provide a copy this year!
To make matters worse, the only thing that I have at the moment is proof of my appointment at the Prefecture. No card, no récépissé. Nothing. But on the CPAM website, it says proof of an appointment is enough. We were then so kindly informed that as an “ayant droit” that is not the case. So basically, if I were single and living on my own, I could have health insurance, but not married. I mean, what? The person at the office said they knew it was ridiculous, but the higher ups don’t care.
It’s bad enough that I have to wait 5 months for my appointment at the Prefecture, but now I don’t have health insurance because of that? It’s not my fault. We went as soon as we could to make the appointment seeing as we needed proof of the marriage. Plus, they say to go two months before your old card expires, and we were well within that margin of time.
J called the number for the national CPAM office, and they said they would “examine” our dossier. Yeah, that didn’t sound promising.
To our surprise, they called J back yesterday saying my insurance had been reinstated, and that they’d said us an attestation in about two weeks. I just have to provide a copy of my récépissé once I have it.
What a relief.
I mean, even if I didn’t have insurance, it’s not like going to see a doctor is that expensive in France, but it’s the principle of the thing. We were also pissed that no one informed us. That’s sort of the thing people inform you of. At least, it seems to be figured out for the moment.
How would you have reacted in our place?