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IESS insurance question

Foreigners who are residing in Ecuador under a pensioner or retirement visa, who have a voluntary affiliation to IESS before February 2017, under the minimum wage are protected by the law. Therefore, there is no need to make changes, your insurance is valid. Cancellation of your IESS can only be cancelled if, after 30 days of the monthly due, you fail to cancel your fee (affiliation or dependent) your coverage will be cancelled automatically... Lina Ulloa.

Can anyone definitively answer the following question? Does the above mean that anyone that came here before Feb. 2017 is NOT subject to the increase in IESS premium? We voluntarily visited Deanna Calle in the IESS office and she changed our premium effective October reflecting a 500% increase. Can this be correct? It seems there is much confusion and I'm wondering if there is a definite answer.

Thank you,

Dan: Wydafish@yahoo.com

City: Cuenca