Updated: 01/03/17 : 04:43:26
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Pensions up next week, prescription charges down today

Older people in Counties Sligo and Leitrim are set to benefit from Fine Gael’s new health legislation.

That’s according to Sligo – Leitrim T.D. Tony McLoughlin,  who is highlighting a new Bill which will see a reduction in prescription charges for 390,000 medical card holders aged 70 and over, as well as their dependents, from today, Wednesday, 1st March.

“New health legislation being introduced this week is good news for older people in Co. Sligo and Co. Leitrim as it will reduce their prescription charges. This means more money in the pockets of older people as they care for their health.

“My Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, introduced the Health Amendment Bill to Cabinet yesterday. This legislation reduces the maximum charge for prescription charges for those aged over 70 years with medical cards and their dependents."

Pension Rise

Deputy McLoughlin continued, "It will mean that from tomorrow prescription charges will reduce from €2.50 to €2.00 per item and total prescription charges will be reduced from €25 to €20 per family, per month.  This is set to benefit 390,000 people across the country so it’s great that older people in Co. Sligo and Co. Leitrim will benefit.

“This delivers on a key commitment in the Fine Gael manifesto before the last election to reduce the cost of prescription charges for older people.

“Next week also sees the introduction of the €5 per week increase in the Old Age Pension.
“Fine Gael is working hard to protect the economic progress we have made, so that we can use it benefit the people who need it most. This includes older people, and we are working hard to ensure that that the fruits of our economic recovery are shared with them, across every region of the country.”