Changes to Seniors Card eligibility

Are you aware of the changes to the eligibility requirements surrounding the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC)? The income test changes were made in late 2022 and mean someone who previously did not qualify for the card might now be able to get one.

You can receive a card if you are of Age Pension age; meet residence rules; you are not be getting a payment from Services Australia or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs; you provide a Tax File Number or be exempt from doing so; you meet identity requirements; and meet the income test.

New limits apply to the income test with applicants now needing to earn less than $90,000 a year if you’re single; $144,000 a year for couples; or $180,000 a year for couples separated by illness, respite care or prison. There is no assets test.

The benefits of the CSHC include cheaper medicine under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, potential access to bulk-billed doctor visits; and a refund for medical costs when you reach the Medicare Safety Net.

For more information phone 132 300, Monday to Friday 8am-5pm or visit their website.

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