New Government Bill to provide children with disabilities with medical cards – Deering 

10th March, 2017

New health legislation from Fine Gael will see more Carlow children with a disability receive a full medical card.

Carlow TD, Deputy Pat Deering who is highlighting a new Bill which means that 9,800 children in receipt of a Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA), who have a disability, will receive a full medical card.

Deering said “There are currently 33,000 parents who receive DCA for their children, but 9,800 of these children currently do not have a full medical card. This Bill rights this and I hope it will of assistance and relieve some of the stress these families experience.

“My Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Health, introduced the Health Amendment Bill to Cabinet on Thursday 2nd, together with Minister Finian McGrath.

Deputy Deering stated “I am delighted to see the provision of these 9,800 full medical cards. This was a vital element contained in the Programme for Government and Budget 2017 provided funds to let us carry out our commitment.

“Let us not forget that these medical cards are to ease the burden of children with disabilities and their families. This is progressive move, and I would like to thank all the Carlow people who campaigned for it.

Deering concluded “The HSE has been working to produce both a paper-based and online pre-registration system which will be available from 1st May with the scheme going live on 1st June 2017.”

How the new DCA medical card will work:

· For a child in receipt of DCA but who currently does not have a medical card, the parent or guardian will register for the scheme either online or through a paper-based form. 

· For a child who is currently eligible for a medical card (under discretion or otherwise) and is confirmed to be in receipt of DCA, the HSE will automatically issue them a medical card. 

· For a child who is currently eligible for a GP Visit Card (under discretion or otherwise), this card will automatically be upgraded to a full medical card.  

New Government Bill to provide children with disabilities with medical cards – Deering

New health legislation from Fine Gael will see more Carlow children with a disability receive a full medical card.

Carlow TD, Deputy Pat Deering who is highlighting a new Bill which means that 9,800 children in receipt of a Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA), who have a disability, will receive a full medical card.

Deering said “There are currently 33,000 parents who receive DCA for their children, but 9,800 of these children currently do not have a full medical card. This Bill rights this and I hope it will of assistance and relieve some of the stress these families experience.

“My Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Health, introduced the Health Amendment Bill to Cabinet on Thursday 2nd, together with Minister Finian McGrath.

Deputy Deering stated “I am delighted to see the provision of these 9,800 full medical cards. This was a vital element contained in the Programme for Government and Budget 2017 provided funds to let us carry out our commitment.

“Let us not forget that these medical cards are to ease the burden of children with disabilities and their families. This is progressive move, and I would like to thank all the Carlow people who campaigned for it.

Deering concluded “The HSE has been working to produce both a paper-based and online pre-registration system which will be available from 1st May with the scheme going live on 1st June 2017.”

How the new DCA medical card will work:

· For a child in receipt of DCA but who currently does not have a medical card, the parent or guardian will register for the scheme either online or through a paper-based form. 

· For a child who is currently eligible for a medical card (under discretion or otherwise) and is confirmed to be in receipt of DCA, the HSE will automatically issue them a medical card. 

· For a child who is currently eligible for a GP Visit Card (under discretion or otherwise), this card will automatically be upgraded to a full medical card.  

New Government Bill to provide children with disabilities with medical cards – Deering

New health legislation from Fine Gael will see more Carlow children with a disability receive a full medical card.

Carlow TD, Deputy Pat Deering who is highlighting a new Bill which means that 9,800 children in receipt of a Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA), who have a disability, will receive a full medical card.

Deering said “There are currently 33,000 parents who receive DCA for their children, but 9,800 of these children currently do not have a full medical card. This Bill rights this and I hope it will of assistance and relieve some of the stress these families experience.

“My Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Health, introduced the Health Amendment Bill to Cabinet on Thursday 2nd, together with Minister Finian McGrath.

Deputy Deering stated “I am delighted to see the provision of these 9,800 full medical cards. This was a vital element contained in the Programme for Government and Budget 2017 provided funds to let us carry out our commitment.

“Let us not forget that these medical cards are to ease the burden of children with disabilities and their families. This is progressive move, and I would like to thank all the Carlow people who campaigned for it.

Deering concluded “The HSE has been working to produce both a paper-based and online pre-registration system which will be available from 1st May with the scheme going live on 1st June 2017.”

How the new DCA medical card will work:

· For a child in receipt of DCA but who currently does not have a medical card, the parent or guardian will register for the scheme either online or through a paper-based form. 

· For a child who is currently eligible for a medical card (under discretion or otherwise) and is confirmed to be in receipt of DCA, the HSE will automatically issue them a medical card. 

· For a child who is currently eligible for a GP Visit Card (under discretion or otherwise), this card will automatically be upgraded to a full medical card.