As a dual (US/Taiwan) national I recently obtained my National ID card after updating my household registration and going to the household registration office. I needed to obtain my National ID (and therefore reactive household registration, etc.) in order to open a bank account due to some family legal stuff. When I was at the office, they had me go to the 8th floor to confirm what I should do about the national health insurance (jian bao) since everyone is typically enrolled and there is a monthly premium required.
When I explained to the attendant that I was only going to be in Taiwan for another week before returning to the US as my permanent residence, and that I did not have any other major plans for returning, the attendant indicated that as long as I didn’t enroll in the NHI I shouldn’t need to do anything else.
On the other hand, when I was doing my paperwork downstairs, they also handed me a set of papers that seemed to indicate that once my household registration is active, I was supposed to be enrolled and subject to the premiums within six months. When I called back to the office to clarify, they said that even if I left Taiwan and lived in the US, regardless of whether enrolled or not I would be automatically enrolled in six months and subject to monthly premiums unless I deactivated it in person.
I know this is a bit of an unusual circumstance, but does anyone have more clear guidance on this? If I am a recently minted ROC national with household registration, national ID, but have no plans moving forward to reside in Taiwan for the time being, do I still need to go back and manually apply/deactivate my NHI participation? When I asked originally it seemed like as long as I left soon that it wouldn’t activate, but now I am not sure.
Any insight or experience would be great. Thanks in advance!