The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Twenty-four same-sex couples have already received family health insurance provided by the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS).

This type of insurance was awarded last November, after the Board of the CCSS approved an amendment to Articles 2 and 10 of the Regulation of Health Insurance.

According to statistics from the Fund, between November 2014 and January 2015 they’ve processed 26 applications for gay couples who asked to receive health insurance. Of these, only two have been rejected.

The financial manager of the CCSS, Gustavo Picado, indicated that these two couples were denied insurance because they did not meet all the requirements requested by the institution.

Picado said the company expects to award 200 to 300 same-sex couples insurance by the end of 2015.

To be considered a same-sex couple and receive insurance, the CCSS requires individuals to maintain a stable relationship of more than three years and show that there is economic dependence by one of the partners. (Amelia Rueda)

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica