New Government bill to provide children with disabilities with medical cards

New health legislation will see more Kerry children with a disability receive a full medical card.

That’s according to Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin who is highlighting a new Bill which means that 9,800 children in receipt of a Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA), who have a disability, will receive a full medical card.

There are currently 33,000 parents who receive DCA for their children, but 9,800 of these children currently do not have a full medical card.

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, introduced the Health Amendment Bill to Cabinet on Thursday, together with Minister Finian McGrath.

Deputy Griffin said that this is a progressive move, and that he would like to thank all the Kerry people who campaigned for it.

A paper-based and online pre-registration system which will be available from 1st May with the scheme going live on 1st June 2017.