The latest 2017 Australian Government Budget put forward a measure that restores the Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) to people who stopped being eligible for a pension payment due to changes to the assets test. (Still to be approved by legislation).
This measure restores the Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) to people who stopped being eligible for a pension payment due to changes to the assets test.
Pensioners who lost eligibility on 1 January 2017 were given:
- a non-income tested Low Income Health Care Card (LIC); and
- if they were over pension age, a non-income tested Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC).
This measure will allow these non-pensioners to access:
- hearing services from the Department of Health; and
- discounts and concessions offered by states, territories and private providers.
It will not be income-tested or assets-tested. PCC card holders will need to meet other eligibility requirements. These include portability conditions.
These non-pensioners will also keep their CSHC. This will maintain their current Commonwealth benefits. This will make sure they continue to receive the Energy Supplement.
The LIC will be deactivated.
Questions and Answers
Whom does this measure affect?
This measure affects people who had their pension cancelled on 1 January 2017 due to changes to the pension assets test.
What date will this measure start and finish?
The start date of this measure is subject to the passage of legislation.
For more, contact Centrelink – 132 300 Older Australians
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