Up to 250 children in Dublin West will automatically get medical cards under new rules – Varadkar

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Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has hailed a breakthrough for around 250 children with disabilities in Dublin West who are now automatically entitled to medical cards.

As from this week, any child receiving Domiciliary Care Allowance will be entitled to a medical card, regardless of their parents’ income. The registration process has opened this week and will benefit around 250 children in Dublin West.

“This is a really significant development for children with disabilities. I made sure this was Fine Gael policy and included in the Party’s manifesto at the last general election, and I’m delighted to see my colleagues Minister Simon Harris and Minister of State Finian McGrath bringing in this measure,” Minister Varadkar said.

“As well as the roughly 250 children in Dublin West who will now become eligible for medical cards, a further 750 who already have medical cards will no longer have to undergo a review in order to keep their cards.”

The Health (Amendment) Act 2017 allows medical cards to be granted to all children who receive a Domiciliary Care Allowance. All parents and guardians of eligible children who do not currently hold a medical card or GP Visit Card should sign up to the registration process, either online at www.medicalcard.ie or by paper application form so that medical cards can be certified for use from 1 June.

You can apply at: medicalcard.ie

or

• Complete a Registration Form and return it to:
The National Medical Card Unit,
PO Box 11745
Business Reply
Dublin 11
D11 XKF3

Registration forms can be downloaded from www.medicalcard.ie or forms will be available from local health offices, citizen information centres or, by calling 1890 252 919.