Federal Supreme Court, Decision 9C_586/2020 of 23 March 2021

27. April 2021 – In this decision, the Federal Supreme Court had to assess the respondents' entitlement to assistance in kind under Regulation No. 883/2004 and Regulation No. 987/2009. The Joint Institution KVG (GE KVG), as appellant, essentially argued that the lower court had failed to examine the requirements for registration for international assistance with benefits. After all, the former German health insurance institution stated that it was no longer responsible for the respondents' health insurance and subsequently withdrew its insurance certificate within the meaning of art. 24(2) of Regulation No. 987/2009. In view of this and the nature of international assistance in kind, the Federal Supreme Court ruled that GE KVG was right to refuse registration for international assistance in kind. The appeal was upheld.

For the full decision, see here.