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Sunday 22 September 2019

Medical card boost for workers with disabilities

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

People with disabilities will be able to earn €427 per week before they lose their medical card benefits, a rise of 250pc.

Health Minister Simon Harris said the changes are aimed at removing barriers to entering the workforce and described it as a "win-win situation for all of society".

From December 1 people who qualify for disability allowances will be able to earn up to €427 per week, or €22,204 a year, and keep their health benefits.

Under the current system once they earn more than €127 a week, or €6,240 a year, they lose their medical card.

"People with disabilities want to live their life to their full potential, they want to play their role in society, they want to, like everyone else... have a career and to access the workforce," Mr Harris said.

The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) described the changes as a big step forward. DFI chief executive Senator John Dolan said fear of losing a medical card was identified as the biggest barrier to work.

Irish Independent

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