This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on 1 April 2015, amend the Health Entitlement Cards Regulations 1993.
The amendments raise the income entitlement thresholds that are used to determine a person's eligibility for a community services card. These increases reflect a 0.51% increase in the New Zealand Consumers Price Index from the December 2013 quarter to the December 2014 quarter (calculated for all quarters using the New Zealand Consumers Price Index (All Groups), excluding cigarettes and other tobacco products).
The amendments further raise the income entitlement thresholds to ensure that current recipients of New Zealand superannuation or the veterans’ pension do not lose eligibility for a community services card as a result of the increase to the rates of those benefits under the Social Security (Rates of Benefits and Allowances) Order 2015 and the Veterans’ Support Amendment Regulations 2015.
Date of notification in Gazette: 26 February 2015.
These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Health.