Some laws and rules will change in September 2022. Working and self-employed people will receive a flat-rate energy cost allowance of 300 euros. In addition, the 9-euro ticket expires and the e-prescription should come.

One important change affects pharmacies. From September, they should be able to redeem electronic prescriptions for medicines throughout Germany. The federal government expects more security and less effort from the “e-prescription”. However, not all medical practices in Germany will issue e-prescriptions from September. So that hospitals, medical practices and pharmacies can adapt, the e-prescription will initially be introduced in stages.

“From September 1, 2022, the first stage of the e-prescription rollout will start in Westphalia-Lippe and Schleswig-Holstein,” says a statement from the Federal Ministry of Health. However, the Schleswig-Holstein Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KVSH) initially withdrew from the introduction of electronic prescriptions. In addition, according to the consumer advice center, only prescriptions for prescription drugs are issued electronically in the first step.

In September, working and self-employed people will receive a flat-rate energy cost allowance of 300 euros. However, not everyone in Germany benefits from the well-intentioned support. In principle, all employees are entitled to the flat-rate energy price. It doesn’t matter whether they are employed or self-employed.

Mini-jobbers also receive the cash injection if the activity is part of their main job. The wage tax class is important. The energy price flat rate is only paid to employees who are in wage tax brackets 1 to 5. Wage tax class 6 is exempt from this, as can be seen from example calculations in the financial magazine “Guter Rat”. However, pensioners and recipients of basic security do not receive the support. Students only get this if they work part-time or full-time alongside their studies and are therefore subject to tax. You can find out more about the energy flat rate in the video.

The 9-euro ticket also expired on August 31st. Train travel is likely to be significantly more expensive for the time being. For example, the Stuttgart transport association will increase tariffs by an average of 4.9 percent at the beginning of 2023 and Nuremberg by 3 percent. However, in many cases the costs of the alliances have risen by more than five percent.

During the “Open Day in the Chancellery”, the Federal Chancellor described the 9-euro ticket as a “great success”. “It was one of the best ideas we’ve had so far,” says Olaf Scholz. Whether there should be a successor to the 9-euro ticket is still open.

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An important innovation also affects the applicable corona measures. The Infection Protection Act expires on September 23. This means that there would no longer be any provisions to contain the pandemic. However, new measures for the autumn have already been presented. These should then apply from October 1st. However, the Bundestag still has to approve this.

The reduction in energy tax – the so-called tank discount – will no longer apply from September. As a result, fuel prices are likely to rise again. The energy tax on motor fuels was reduced from June to August. Around 35 cents less tax was due on petrol and around 17 cents less on diesel than usual. A successor plan is not planned.

Many nurses who have not previously been paid according to tariff will receive more money. Because from September only care facilities will be approved for care that pay their care and support staff at least as much as the tariff.