Two years ago I was told at the Chiang Mai Social Security office (Prakan San khom) sp. that Soc sec. would remain in effect for 6 months when out of work for any reason. This year I am taking a break from term I. I have an official letter from my school saying that I will return. The local office now tells me that I must cancel and then re-register when I return to work again in term II in order to keep benefits. Two employees have told me the same story. "New law", they say. I don't trust it.