Health Entitlement Cards Amendment Regulations 2016

2016/44

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Health Entitlement Cards Amendment Regulations 2016

Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 7th day of March 2016

Present:
His Excellency the Governor-General in Council

These regulations are made under section 92 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 and section 132A of the Social Security Act 1964 on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council.

Regulations

1 Title

These regulations are the Health Entitlement Cards Amendment Regulations 2016.

2 Commencement

These regulations come into force on 1 April 2016.

3 Principal regulations

These regulations amend the Health Entitlement Cards Regulations 1993 (the principal regulations).

4 Regulation 8 amended (Eligibility for community services cards)

(1)

In regulation 8(1)(e), replace “subclause (5)” with “subclause (5A)”.

(2)

After regulation 8(5), insert:

(5A)

For the purposes of subclause (1)(e), the appropriate amount of superannuation income is,—

(a)

for a single person living in shared accommodation, $26,633 per annum:

(b)

for a single person living alone, $28,279 per annum:

(c)

for a married or partnered person, $42,309 per annum.

(3)

In regulation 8(6)(a), replace “$48,797” with “$49,447”.

(4)

In regulation 8(6)(b), replace “$59,093” with “$59,743”.

(5)

In regulation 8(6)(c), replace “$67,282” with “$67,932”.

(6)

In regulation 8(6)(d), replace “$75,302” with “$75,952”.

(7)

In regulation 8(6)(e), replace “$84,265” with “$84,915”.

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 2016, amend the Health Entitlement Cards Regulations 1993.

The amendments increase the income entitlement thresholds that are used to determine a person’s eligibility for a community services card by—

  • providing separate income thresholds for persons receiving New Zealand superannuation to ensure that superannuitants currently eligible for a community services card do not lose eligibility as a result of the increase on 1 April 2016 to the superannuation entitlements effected by the Social Security (Rates of Benefits and Allowances) Order 2016:

  • raising, by $650, the family credit income thresholds to ensure that persons currently eligible for a community services card do not lose eligibility as a result of the increase on 1 April 2016 to the rates of benefits effected by the Social Security Amendment Act (No 2) 2015.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 10 March 2016.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Health.