Guatemala City, by Lincy Rodríguez -AGN- The Guatemalan Institute of Social Security -IGSS- and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs -Minex- presented in Los Angeles, California, the new coverage “Protection for Guatemalan Migrants and their Family,” established in Agreement 1543, reflecting the commitment President Alejandro Giammattei’s administration has towards this community.
José Adolfo Flamenco Jau, Chairman of the Board of Directors of IGSS, highlighted the crucial economic contribution of migrants, whose remittances represent between 18 and 20 percent of the GDP, exceeding 18 billion dollars in 2023.
Chairman Flamenco Jau stated, “We want migrants to return to Guatemala with dignity and enjoy financial and medical benefits. The coverage is voluntary, unlimited, and lifelong. It applies in all countries.”
Chairman Flamenco underscored that the coverage is voluntary, unlimited, and applicable in all countries. This new opportunity opens the door to new affiliates and enables the reactivation of contributions.
The coverage extension is in its first phase, with additional projects planned, such as implementing more communication channels to attend consultations. In addition, bedding areas have been announced in different regions of Guatemala.
The IGSS prepared for this growth by creating bed rest areas and training doctors in specialties and subspecialties in various countries. The quality of the treatments offered by Social Security was also highlighted compared to other Central American countries.
Eveline Soto, Chief of the Administrative Department, encouraged migrants to ask questions through the IGSS web portal. She highlighted that the portal can be easily accessed from laptops, desktops, and smartphones.
They indicated that those interested in affiliating do not need an appointment at the Los Angeles Consulate to obtain information about Social Security services since they have 25,000 workers in 84 medical units nationwide.
IGSS reaffirms its commitment to Guatemalan migrants, offering extended coverage and facilitating access to its services through technology and walk-in care.