The Department of Health have announced a significant improvement to the medical card assessment process which will enable persons in receipt of a Disability Allowance payment to have a greater earnings capacity and still retain their medical card.
The medical card earnings disregard for persons in receipt of Disability Allowance will be significantly increased, from €120 to €427 per week and will apply to the assessment process for both single persons and to family assessments. 
This increase of more than 250% means that the earnings of someone in receipt of Disability Allowance that can be disregarded under the medical card assessment process has increased from €6,240 a year to €22,204. 
Ms Anne Marie Hoey, HSE Primary Care Reimbursement Services, said "The HSE welcomes the increase in Medical Card earnings disregard for persons in receipt of Disability Allowance. All persons in receipt of the payment, and who do not currently have Medical Card eligibility, can apply either online at or by completing an application form."
CEO of the Disability Federation of Ireland, Senator John Dolan, welcoming today’s announcement said “This is a big step forward. Fear of losing a medical card was identified as “the single greatest barrier” to work in 2017’s inter-departmental report “Make Work Pay”. There were 24 recommendations in that report that would make work pay for people with disabilities. They all need to be implemented so that the basic human right to work can become a reality.” 

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