Health Entitlement Cards Amendment Regulations 2015

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Health Entitlement Cards Amendment Regulations 2015

Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 23rd day of February 2015

Present:
The Right Hon John Key presiding in Council

Pursuant to section 92 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 and section 132A of the Social Security Act 1964, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, makes the following regulations.

Regulations

1 Title
  • These regulations are the Health Entitlement Cards Amendment Regulations 2015.

2 Commencement
  • These regulations come into force on 1 April 2015.

3 Principal regulations
4 Regulation 8 amended (Eligibility for community services cards)
5 Revocation

Michael Webster,
Clerk of the Executive Council.


Explanatory note

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.


Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 26 February 2015.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Health.