300 Information matching to determine eligibility or liability to pay for publicly funded health and disability support services

(1)

The purpose of this section is to facilitate the disclosure of information between the Department and the responsible department to enable the responsible department to determine—

(a)

a person’s eligibility for access to publicly funded health and disability support services; or

(b)

a person’s liability to pay for publicly funded health and disability support services the person has received.

(2)

The chief executive of the Department and the chief executive of the responsible department may, for the purposes of this section, make arrangements between them in writing for the disclosure of information under this section.

(3)

In accordance with those arrangements, the chief executive of the responsible department may supply to the chief executive of the Department identifying information about—

(a)

a person who seeks access to publicly funded health and disability support services; or

(b)

a person for whom access is sought to publicly funded health and disability support services; or

(c)

a person who has received publicly funded health and disability support services.

(4)

The chief executive of the Department may compare the information he or she receives with information that the Department holds about the person.

(5)

If the Department holds immigration information about the person, the chief executive of the Department may supply the information described in subsections (6) and (7) to an authorised officer in accordance with the arrangements made under subsection (2).

(6)

The information is—

(a)

the person’s identifying information:

(b)

the person’s immigration status, including—

(i)

the start date of any visa granted to the person:

(ii)

the expiry date of any visa granted to the person:

(iii)

the date on which the person was granted entry permission:

(iv)

the conditions, if any, relating to the person’s immigration status:

(v)

any changes to the person’s immigration status and the dates of the changes:

(vi)

any action taken under this Act in relation to the person and the date of the action:

(c)

the date or dates on which the person leaves or has left New Zealand:

(d)

the start date of any permit granted to the person under the former Act:

(e)

the expiry date of any permit granted to the person under the former Act:

(f)

if the person was exempt from the requirement to hold a permit under the former Act, the period of the exemption.

(7)

The information is also, if it is relevant to the matter to be determined by the responsible department,—

(a)

the immigration status of an associated person (for example, the person’s spouse, civil union partner, de facto partner, or parent), including—

(i)

the start date of any visa granted to the associated person:

(ii)

the expiry date of any visa granted to the associated person:

(iii)

the date on which the associated person was granted entry permission:

(iv)

the conditions, if any, relating to the associated person’s immigration status:

(v)

any changes to the associated person’s immigration status and the dates of the changes:

(vi)

any action taken under this Act in relation to the associated person and the date of the action:

(b)

the date or dates on which the associated person leaves or has left New Zealand:

(c)

the start date of any permit granted to the associated person under the former Act:

(d)

the expiry date of any permit granted to the associated person under the former Act:

(e)

if the associated person was exempt from the requirement to hold a permit under the former Act, the period of that exemption.

(8)

The chief executive of the Department and the chief executive of the responsible department may, for the purposes of this section, determine by agreement between them—

(a)

the frequency with which information may be supplied; and

(b)

the form in which the information may be supplied; and

(c)

the method by which the information may be supplied.

(9)

In this section,—

authorised officer means an officer, employee, or agent of the responsible department who is authorised by the chief executive of the responsible department to receive information from the chief executive of the Department in accordance with this section

identifying information means information that identifies a person, such as the person’s full name, date or place of birth, gender, or alias or a unique identifying number used for the person

publicly funded health and disability support services means health services and disability support services funded under the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000

responsible department means the department of State for the time being responsible for the administration of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000.