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3.9.1.100 Termination of HCC

Declaration expires

The LIC is granted for a period of 26 weeks and a declaration is made that the holder is eligible for that period.

 

When a LIC holder's declaration is nearing expiry (usually 6 weeks beforehand) a renewal form (SS54) is automatically sent to them. A cardholder is able to renew the card before the previous card expires.

 

The ex-CA (child) HCC is granted for a period of 52 weeks and a declaration is made that the holder is eligible for that period.

 

When an ex-CA (child) HCC holder's declaration is nearing expiry (usually 4 weeks beforehand) a letter is automatically sent to them advising them to renew their card. A cardholder is able to renew the card before the previous card expires.

 

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 37(8) Grant of claim, section 37A(3) A person to whom a concession card...

 

Application form returned or not returned

The following table outlines the consequences of returning or not returning the renewal form:

If the renewal application is…

Then…

- RETURNED, AND

- the person's income is BELOW the applicable limit for the LIC, OR

- the person's remains a full-time student for the ex-CA (child) HCC,

- a new declaration is made, and

- a new LIC is issued for 26 weeks commencing on the date on which the earlier declaration expires, OR

- a new ex-CA (child) HCC is issued for 52 weeks commencing on the date on which the earlier declaration expires.

NOT LODGED,

eligibility automatically lapses.

Explanation: Return of a HCC is not sought where eligibility expires.

 

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 106A Automatic cancellation on cessation of qualification

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.9.1.70 Low Income HCC - Assessment of Income

 

Cardholders with dependants (1.1.D.65)

A LIC holder with a dependant may cease to satisfy the income test either:

  • because of an increase in their income, or
  • through the loss of a dependant.
  • Explanation: In the case of a loss of dependant, the disqualifying income limit reduces.

 

The loss of a dependant is to be disregarded unless that loss continues for 4 weeks. In that event the dependant is deemed to have ceased to be a dependant of the cardholder on the last day of that 4 week period.

 

Act reference: SSAct section 1071A Health care card income test

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.9.1.40 HCC Provisions for Children & Dependants, 3.9.1.70 Low Income HCC - Assessment of Income

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Last reviewed: 12 August 2013


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