Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (981)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Ceist:

981. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Health when the income eligibility levels for qualification for a medical card for those over 70 years of age will be increased as was provided for in the health legislation passed by the Houses of the Oireachtas in July 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27286/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

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.

Although it had been originally intended that this measure would be implemented from July this year, it was not possible to legislate for the necessary amendments to the 1970 Health Act to provide for this measure until there was a fully constituted Dáil and Seanad.

While the relevant section providing for the increased limits has not yet been commenced, decisions on the associated funding requirements and potential implementation date are being actively considered.