Support for a secure Medical Card for all persons with disabilities
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This petition will be presented to the Taoiseach, the Minister for Health, the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, and the Minister of State with Responsibility for Disability Issues on September 25th 2018.
The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Education and Skills, and Health recently published their report on ways to assist people with disabilities who are moving from education to employment. You can find a full list of recommendations here.
One of their recommendations was as follows:
6.4 A number of speakers highlighted the loss of their medical card and/or travel pass as a significant disincentive to entering full-time employment. Without a medical card, people with disabilities are forced to fund aids themselves. These costs are not factored into the HSE’s online means test for medical card applications, and the means test also fails to take into account the number of hospital and doctor visits a person with a disability will have to make throughout the year.
Recommendation: The Committees propose that the fact of having a disability be a qualification criterion for possession of a medical card.
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have been silent on this proposal at the time of writing (20.8.2018)
Sinn Féin, in their Prioritising Disability document, stated that if in Government they will award an automatic medical card to every child in receipt of the Domiciliary Care Allowance and introduce a secure medical card for adults with disabilities.
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