Seguro Popular refused to renew me
06-19-2019, 11:27 PM,
Seguro Popular refused to renew me
As a resident in San Miguel de Allende, I went to renew my Seguro Popular office next to the general hospital this week and was told that there was a change in the law as of the beginning of the year and that expats had to become naturalized citizens in order to get SP and was then given directions to the naturalization office. I have had SP first for 3 years, and then last year they would only renew it for 1 year. Now they won't renew it. But, friends of mine, both residente permanente holders, like me, were renewed a few weeks ago. Anyone have a similar experience in GTO, or have a suggestion on how I should proceed from here in order to get my SP renewed?
06-19-2019, 11:51 PM, (This post was last modified: 06-20-2019, 12:09 AM by Blackpool.)
RE: Seguro Popular refused to renew me
From what I read on Facebook, from a lady called "Sonia" - she helps a lot of expats in San Miguel with various issues - she said they are not renewing in San Miguel, but are renewing in Guanajuato City. She posted that a couple of weeks ago, so I don't know if that's still the case.
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06-20-2019, 10:19 AM,
RE: Seguro Popular refused to renew me
Sonia said that you can doing the renewal at the hospital which is two blocks way from the GTO bus station.
06-20-2019, 02:06 PM,
RE: Seguro Popular refused to renew me
About a month ago I enrolled Seguro Popular with my Temporary Resident visa. I have yet to use the service
but assume my SP registration is alive and well.
06-20-2019, 02:16 PM,
RE: Seguro Popular refused to renew me
Thanks for the replies. I can check out the Guanajuato SP office. I would like to know if it is possible to renew there with a SMA address. According the SP federal government website, to renew, all that is needed is a main ID, like drivers license, or resident permanente and CURP, and proof of address, like a water bill, and also the receipt from the previous enrollment. But if the address is in another city, I'm wondering if they will allow that? I took all those things to the SMA SP office, next to the hospital, and they didn't even look at them, just told me I had to be a Mexican citizen to join/renew.
06-20-2019, 07:35 PM, (This post was last modified: 06-20-2019, 08:16 PM by jesm.)
RE: Seguro Popular refused to renew me
For readers unaware of the health care confusion that our poster describes here’s a bit of background.
Mexico currently has three nationwide public health care systems: IMSS ( social security), Seguro Popular and ISSTE ( Federal government employees only). The new President has started integrating all three into a single, master health care provider. Details so far as to the new agency have been few, but as IMSS is the largest present provider some feel it will be the surviving entity although nothing final has been decided or implemented.
Our physician here practices both privately and on staff with Seguro Popular. In looking at the future coverage for us longer term visa holders he suggests we not worry as the government cannot totally exclude the million+ LEGAL foreign residents from available care. He does forecast we will see higher fees and perhaps somewhat more restricted coverages (pre-existing conditions for example).
06-21-2019, 11:11 AM,
RE: Seguro Popular refused to renew me
Carlusjr, yes, you can renew at the GTO Segurao Popular hispital with a SMA address.
06-21-2019, 12:01 PM,
RE: Seguro Popular refused to renew me
Thanks Roberb7, that is great news! I greatly appreciate the information! If I have any more news about SP I'll post it here.
06-21-2019, 03:09 PM,
RE: Seguro Popular refused to renew me
As of today (21-06-2019) Seguro Popular IS accepting new long term visa holders as SP enrollees at the Hospital General office in GTO. Many locations across the country have stopped non-citizens from participating in this attractive health care option. If you are interested in having this coverage you should consider prompt action.
06-21-2019, 05:55 PM,
RE: Seguro Popular refused to renew me
Good. That confirms what Roberb7 has posted. Thanks jesm. I going to to try to take a bus to GTO Monday from SMA to do this.

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