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Healthcare conundrum

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Hello everyone.

I have a healthcare conundrum.

We moved to France from the UK in 2010. My partner immediately became an auto-entrepreneur, and set about earning an income whilst I began the somewhat necessary renovation of our chosen hovel, at the same time slipping nicely into the role of house-husband. My partner's income has been sufficient to meet our needs ever since; I have no income of my own from any source.

We were not married or otherwise officially partnered when we move here. My partner duly got her carte vitale through her auto-entrepreneur status, and I got mine via her as an 'ayant droit'.

Now, two things.

First, I believe that the status of 'ayant droit' is no longer granted. Should this have had any impact on my right to a carte vitale under our current circumstances? In practice, it doesn't seem to have had any repercussions so far.

Second, I now intend to become an auto-entrepreneur in my own right. Would this mean that I would be issued a new carte vitale in place of the old one?

I can foresee unintended consequences here. I am unlikely to turn over a great deal in my first few years, if ever (maybe a few thousand euros p.a. to start with). I would have to register as an artisan (my line would be in arts & crafts, but not fine art), at which point I believe my income would then be counted as 50% of my turnover. This is clearly unlikely to be a huge amount, and I have heard mention that if ones income is less than a certain amount, one might be expected to pay additionally to PUMA.

This is where my understanding fails me. Have I begun to grasp this correctly? I'm not sure if my current position is even regular, and if it is, I'm not sure if I'm about to disadvantage myself by changing my status.

Third (of two). We got Pacs'ed a year ago, if that has any relevance at all.

If anyone can help me clarify this, I will be eternally grateful!


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