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#1 Fat Amy

Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:18 PM

Over the last year hubby has only worked on & off. He was also on new start allowance & I was receiving the parenting payment. Now that his work is back on full time I was told by family assistance that if we kept lodging our hours worked then after 12 weeks we would be cut of payments but would still be entitled to a health care card.
So this time has come & when I last logged online it said that my health care card had expired but DH's was not. He has also received a new health care card in the mail but I have not.
My question is, can one partner have a health care card & the other not?
I'm only asking here as every time I've called family assistance there's been large wait times & also because I have a drs app next week & they usually don't charge me because I have a health care card but I think I'll need to tell them if it has expired.





#2 anna_garny

Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:25 PM

You might just need to put the phone on speaker and wait it out, or go into the office in person and find out. Generally Health Care Cards are per person, not issued in the name of the couple, right?

#3 aidensmum

Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:27 PM

If your Newstart and Parenting Payment have both cancelled, but one of you is still getting FTB Part A, you would get a FTB version of the HCC (as in it would say FTB on it instead of NSA or PPP).  Is the FTB paid to him and the new one he has is a FTB one?  You would all be dependents on it so should get bulk billed for the drs visits no matter whos seeing the dr.

#4 treetree

Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:11 PM

It's quite common for just one member of a couple to have one. However, if you are the lower wage earner (or not earning at all) you should be the one claiming any family payments (whether you receive money or not) It just adds up better that way.

#5 Cat Burglar

Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:31 PM

I had one a couple of years back when DH didnt as it was at that time based on your individual earnings over last 8 weeks (from memory). However your combined earnings also need to be under a certain amount. Not sure if much has changed as I earn too muich

#6 *melrose*

Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:03 AM

Just ring them!

#7 Carmen02

Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:10 AM

give them a call! (which i know can sometimes be long and frustrating) I have a health care card with DH's name listed on mine (we dont have one each we share one) . I get parenting payment partnered or something i think its called and FTB A and B. DH is a low income earner

#8 JustOneMorePlease

Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:16 AM

Is your name on the healthcare card at all? If it is you can use the healthcare card too. I had a similar problem I stopped getting a healthcare card but my husband got one. When I rang them I was told if my name was on the card I can use it just as I would of if it was my own, because it means the family is entitled to it not just the individual.




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