ONE of the people to benefit is Frank McDonnell (65), from Lynwood Park in Limerick, who was paying the prescription charge on his medical card even though, as a diabetic, he qualified under the Long Term Illness scheme.
Frank, whose wife Kay is also a diabetic, is now reliant on the state pension and said imposing the charge on them was unfair.
"You could have a millionaire who had a Long Term Illness card and they would have no expense," he added.
Mr McDonnell campaigned for a change in policy locally, contacting Mr O' Dea and other TDs.
"I don't think everyone who will benefit may be aware of it. It is important that they know they no longer have to pay the prescription charge and also that they are entitled to a refund," he added.
"I have heard of people who stopped taking their medication when the prescription charge went up and this can have serious consequences for somebody with a long-term illness, a condition that will not go away. This change is very much overdue and will be a relief to many people," he said.