Written answers

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein)
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480. To ask the Minister for Health the timeframe for the implementation of the commitment to raising the income threshold on medical cards for persons over 70 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29861/20]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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The Health (General Practitioner Service and Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) Bill 2020, enacted on 2nd August 2020, provided for an increase to the gross medical card income limits for those aged 70 and over to €550 per week for a single person and to €1,050 per week for a couple.

In recent days the Government has approved the necessary funding required to implement this measure and the new increased income limits will take effect from November 1st2020.

Officials in my Department are therefore now making the necessary arrangements to commence the relevant section of the Act and are engaging with the HSE's National Medical Card unit to ensure all operational arrangements are in place for implementation of this measure.


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