Updated: 05/05/17 : 06:38:41
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Medical Cards for all children with DCA from June

Fine Gael TD for Sligo-Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin, has said that all local children for whom a Domiciliary Care Allowance is paid to will be entitled to a full medical card from June 1st 2017. 

Whilst welcoming the announcement Deputy McLoughlin said that "If your child is under the age of 16 and you are receiving a Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA), he or she will automatically be entitled to a Medical Card from next month.  “This is true whether or not other family members have Medical Card or GP Visit Card eligibility.

“I believe that this is a very welcome support for parents or guardians of children with a severe disability and the provision of a full medical card will go some way to helping with the ongoing care and attention involved in caring for children for whom DCA is paid.

 “My Fine Gael colleague, Minister for Health Simon Harris, has confirmed to me via Parliamentary Question that parents or guardians in receipt of a DCA can now register their child for Medical Card eligibility and that this can be done on-line or via paper-based application. These medical cards will be certified for use by the HSE from June 1st.

"This particular proposal was a commitment given by the Fine Gael party in 2016 and it was then set out and included in the current Program for Government.

"I am delighted to see that this promise has been fulfilled by the Government and that full medical cards will now be made available to all children in receipt of the domiciliary care allowance from June.

Meanwhile the morning-after pill is to be made directly available to medical card holders through pharmacies.

Health Minister Simon Harris is to announce today that they will no longer have to first visit a GP for a prescription.

The minister's announcement, to be made at the annual meeting of the Irish Pharmacy Union, follows calls to end the two-tier system in place for access to the emergency contraception.