Thursday, 10 September 2020

Ceisteanna (201, 216)

Seán Canney

Ceist:

201. Deputy Seán Canney asked the Minister for Health if legislation necessary to implement changes to the medical card weekly income limit for persons over 70 years of age announced in budget 2020 has been enacted and commenced in view of the fact the situation means that couples with a combined weekly income of between €900 and €1,050 are losing out on their entitlement to a medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23030/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Mary Lou McDonald

Ceist:

216. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Health his plans to enact the increased threshold limits for medical cards which the has been committed to by Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23097/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 201 and 216 together.

The Health (General Practitioner Service and Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) Bill 2020 was enacted on 2nd August 2020. This Act provides, amongst other things, for the necessary legislative amendments to the Health Act 1970 (as amended) to increase the weekly gross medical card income limits for those aged 70 and over to €550 per week for a single person (currently €500 per week) and to €1,050 per week for a couple (currently €900 per week). The Government is finalising decisions on the associated funding for this measure and the implementation date for the commencement of this provision.