Non-Contributory System Program

About the program

The program seeks to protect all those who are in need of immediate economic protection and do not qualify in any of the existing contributory or non-contributory systems; by granting Non-Contributory Pensions to all those Costa Ricans who meet the applicable regulatory requirements, giving priority to the elderly population and annuities to people who have illnesses that occurred in early childhood with severe neurological manifestations and who are in need for economic protection by the State.

Country Costa Rica
Home 1975
Classification Pensiones
FNS Dimension Acceso
Website http://portal.ccss.sa.cr/portal/page/.../Regimen_No_Contributivo
Objectives

General objective:

Protect all those who are in need of immediate economic protection and do not qualify in any of the existing contributory or non-contributory schemes.

Specific objectives

  1. Grant Non-Contributory Pensions to all those Costa Ricans who meet the applicable regulatory requirements, giving priority to the elderly population.
  2. Grant annuity Pensions to individuals suffering from deep cerebral palsy, autism, myelomeningocele or other illness occurred in early childhood with neurological manifestations, comparable in severity, and which are in need of economic protection by the State.
Components and/or products

Ordinary pension

Monthly cash transfer.

Pension through Law 8769

Monthly cash transfer.

Health Insurance

Target population

People who are in need of immediate economic protection and do not qualify in any of the existing contributory or non-contributory systems. In the case of pensioners by the 8769 Law, these are for people who are in a state of abandonment or whose families are living in poverty and / or extreme poverty.

Ordinary pensions are directed to the following subgroups:

Senior adults: people over 65 (sixty five) years of age.

Disabled Persons: Any person who through the weakening of their physical or mental state, lost two - thirds (66%) or more of their overall capacity. When the applicant is over 18 years, he or she is evaluated based on their ability to generate income and therefore would receive a pension if the individual could not obtain sufficient remuneration to ensure his or her basic subsistence needs; in the case of minors, it depends on their requirements of special care and support from the State in order to improve their quality of life.

Destitute widows: Those women who are alone because of the death of their spouse or partner, which have been in economic distress, which meet at least one of the following conditions:

  1. Over 55 and under 65 years of age.
  2. With children under 18 or with children between 18 and 21 years as long as the latter is studying in formal education or technical or is not working.

Orphans:

  1. Those under 18 years of age, whose parents have died. In the case of orphans who are not legally recognized by the father, they meet this requirement simply by establishing the death of the mother.
  2. Orphans aged 18 to 21 years as long as they are studying in formal education or a technical career or not working.

Homeless people: Those who for cultural and social reasons, it has become impossible for them to obtain employment as well as those without family support networks, financial support from other institutions or financial means to meet their basic subsistence needs.

Scope

Nacional

Geographical coverage Urbano
Annual budget

2013: 54,519,849,924.70 colones (USD$99,169,400).

Responsible organism

Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social

Executing organism Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social
Normative framework

Law 5662 “Ley de Desarrollo Social y Asignaciones Familiares”, modified to Law 8783 regarding REACH in Gazette No. 42 to No. 199 of October 14, 2009. Regulations for Non-Contributory Pensions. Approved by the Board of the Costa Rican Department of Social Security, article 14 of the 8278 session, held on August 28th 2008, amended in Article 11 of the 8343 session, held on April 30th 2009. Law Reform Act 8769 regarding a lifelong Pension for people suffering from profound cerebral palsy, Law No. 7125 of January 24th, 1989. Reform regulation adopted in Article 17 of the meeting No. 8602 of the Board of the CCSS, on September 27th 2012 and published in Gazette No. 214 dated November 6, 2012.

Financial sources

Fund for Social Development and Family Allowances Resources from Law 7972 "Tax Burdens on liquor and cigarettes". Resources from the electronic lottery from the Social Protection Board, under Lottery Law No. 7395. Ministry of Finance in accordance with the Worker’s Protection Law