Be aware of recent changes occurring for some people who hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card in relation to the Energy Supplement.
The Energy Supplement is paid quarterly to Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders. People who claimed the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card after 19 September 2016 would now have received their final payment for the quarter 20 December 2016 to 19 March 2017.
However, people who were receiving an income support payment, such as the Age Pension, on 19 September 2016 may still receive the Energy Supplement if they claim the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card less than six weeks after their pension is cancelled.
While the change has happened automatically and recipients do not need to do anything, the Department wrote to people who were impacted in April.
These people will still keep their Commonwealth Seniors Health Card as long as they remain eligible.
The rules about who can get the Energy Supplement came into effect from 20 March 2017, and affect some people who receive Family Tax Benefit (FTB) or who hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card. The Energy Supplement will continue for income support payments and pensions.
If you are unsure of the impact, you can access examples and other information about this change on the Department’s website at humanservices.gov.au/energysupplement