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Changes in September 2022: Energy price flat rate, Corona rules, e-prescription – that's new

Created: 08/26/2022, 4:55 p.m

In September 2022, things will change again for people in Germany. The Corona Protection Ordinance is expiring, the 300-euro bonus will be paid out. And otherwise?

Berlin – What would life be without changes and changes? Right, way too easy. This will also be the case in September 2022, which will bring some changes to people in Germany. For example, after a long wait, the €300 bonus is paid out. Or the Corona Protection Ordinance expires. provides a large overview of what needs to be done in September 2022.

Changes in September 2022: Energy price flat rate of 300 euros will be paid to employees

The long wait for the €300 bonus will end in September 2022. Then the energy price flat rate of 300 euros is paid out, to which employees who pay income tax are entitled. Both full-time employees and trainees as well as those who are only marginally employed benefit from the payment of the energy price flat rate.

Im linken Bild werden mehrere 100-Euro-Scheine ins Bild gehalten. Im rechten Bild wird die App „Das E-Rezept“ auf einem Smartphone angezeigt.
The €300 bonus will be introduced in September 2022. In addition, the e-prescription becomes mandatory. © Noah Wedel/imago/Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/dpa/Montage

You will automatically receive the energy allowance in September 2022 with your salary. But be careful: the 300-euro bonus is taxable. One to one, the sum will not arrive in the account. In addition, September 1 is not the cut-off date for the eligibility requirement. People who are no longer in income tax-paying employment at that point may still be entitled to the money. However, this must have been in employment sometime in 2022.

New in September 2022: Corona Infection Protection Act expires in September 2022 – what follows afterwards

Also new in September is that on Friday, September 23, 2022, the Corona Infection Protection Act expires. The applicable provisions on the corona pandemic are therefore no longer applicable. But basically only on paper, after all, Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach (SPD) and Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann (FDP) have already outlined new pandemic rules for the Corona autumn in Germany.

The new Corona Protection Act is to apply from the beginning of October 2022 to April 7, 2023. Before that, however, it still has to be decided by the Bundestag in the first week of September 2022. It is planned that protective masks and corona tests should be brought back into everyday life. The federal states should decide for themselves whether there should be a mask requirement in local public transport, in publicly accessible interiors, in restaurants and at sporting events.

Changes in September 2022: Corona entry regulation expires on time

The changes in September 2022 also include the Corona entry regulation, which de facto expired on August 31, 2022. However, the regulations applicable to holiday returnees to Germany are to be extended for September 2022 and beyond. It was only on Wednesday, August 17th, that the responsible Ministry of Health announced that an extension of the corresponding regulation was already being worked on.

Before the summer holiday season, which led to a camping boom in Lower Saxony, the pandemic-related entry regulations in Germany had been relaxed. Holiday returnees to Germany from the age of twelve no longer have to present 3G proof. However, restrictions apply to people entering from areas where new variants of the corona virus are spreading. They are subject to a fourteen-day quarantine obligation.

New law from September 2022: E-prescriptions will become mandatory

September 2022 will also have this as a new law: drug plans and drug prescriptions are to be transmitted digitally in the future. Submitting a paper prescription should become superfluous in this way. As part of the changeover to e-prescriptions, pharmacies nationwide are obliged to accept such e-prescriptions from September 1st. This can be redeemed in three ways:

  • a paper printout with a prescription code that can be submitted in place of the actual prescription
  • the E-prescription app that needs to be installed on the smartphone – it can be used to send the prescription to the pharmacy and pre-order the medicine.
  • the electronic health card (eGK): this can be used to call up the prescription in the pharmacy

By September 1 at the latest, the pharmacies should have the technical equipment to be able to read the e-prescription. A nationwide obligation to issue e-prescriptions for medical practices does not yet apply. There is a regional tiered model here. Schleswig-Holstein and the region of Westphalia-Lippe are the pioneers in this respect – here the e-prescription will also be introduced in doctor’s offices as early as September 1st. Nationwide, the changeover is to take place at the turn of the year.

New in September: nurses receive more money

There will be an increase in nursing salaries on September 1, 2022. This is provided for in the Health Care Development Act (GVWG), also known as the Tarifftreuegesetz. According to this, only care facilities that pay their caregivers at least the increased standard wage or are based on a corresponding collective agreement may be approved for care.

Sure, for many employees in care this means more money than before from September 2022. But there is also a negative aspect: For residents in nursing homes and their relatives, the monthly costs will most likely increase as a result.

What else will change in September 2022: Amazon Prime will increase prices, Coca-Cola will become more expensive

From September 2022, Amazon will increase the prices for its service. Instead of 7.99 euros, a standard subscription now costs 8.99 euros per month. The annual price increases from 69.00 to 89.90 euros. The deadline for these changes is September 15th. Another price increase in September 2022 is also coming to Coca-Cola lovers. The entire product range will be made more expensive on the first of the month.

But not only for the bottle or can of cola you have to pay more than before, but also for Fanta or Sprite. Otherwise, the iPhone gets a new feature in the “Apple Health” app, which makes it possible to record medication and create a medication plan for taking it. The iOS 16 update makes this possible. (Yannik Hanke)

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