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Supplementary benefits (EL/PC)

The supplementary benefits (EL) for AHV and IV provide assistance in cases where the pensions and income do not cover the minimum living costs. They are a legal entitlement and not a form of public or social welfare. Together with AHV and IV, the supplementary benefits are part of the social foundation of our state.

The supplementary benefits are determined by the cantons and divided into two categories:
  • Annual benefits, which are paid monthly
  • Payment of illness and disability cost

Where can I obtain more information?

You can find out more about your entitlement to supplementary benefits on the Pro Senectute website (only available in German, French or Italian).

For further information, you can also contact the responsible cantonal offices for supplementary benefits. These are generally the cantonal compensation offices or their municipal branches.