Thursday, 27 June 2019

Questions (243)

Peter Burke


243. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a person (details supplied) qualifies for dental treatment. [27219/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Qualification for the Department's dental benefit scheme is based on satisfying certain PRSI conditions. In order to qualify, the person concerned would need to have paid 260 PRSI contributions at either Class A, E, H, P or S, since first starting work, and also have 39 contributions paid or credited in the tax year on which the claim is based; the 2017 year in this case. While the person concerned has the 260 required paid contributions, she does not have the 39 paid at the relevant rate, or credited contributions in the 2017 year. As a result, she does not satisfy the conditions for dental benefit under the Department's PRSI scheme.

However, if the she is the holder of a medical card she may be entitled to treatment under the HSE scheme. She should contact her local HSE office for assistance.

The customer's PRSI contributions both paid and credited are recorded on the her new PPS number, accordingly no issue arises from her having two numbers .

I trust this helps clarify the matter for the Deputy.