Written answers

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Department of Health

European Health Insurance Card

Photo of Louise O'ReillyLouise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein)
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370. To ask the Minister for Health the way in which European health insurance cards will be delivered to persons in Northern Ireland as committed to; and the way in which the applications process will work. [39577/19]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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The Government, on 17 September 2019, approved the immediate drafting of the Health and Childcare Support (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2019, which will provide for benefits similar to those available under European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) to eligible residents of Northern Ireland in the case of a no-deal Brexit.  There has been significant work undertaken since, in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General, to finalise drafting of the Bill with a view to publication at the earliest opportunity.

Practical details including the operational elements are under development and will be made public when they are available. 

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