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LOCAL INFORMATION

9.4.8
Jersey Health Assist 65+ Plan

 

Extent:      Jersey

 

Updated:   October 2016

 

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Words you may need to know

 

Assets – belongings

 

Eligible - to qualify for or satisfy the rules to get something

 

Residence - place where you live as your home

 

 

 

What is the Jersey Health Assist 65+ Plan?

 

The scheme commenced on 1 September 2001. It provides financial help to meet the costs of dental (teeth), optical (eyes) and chiropody (feet) services for the over 65s. The scheme is paid for by the States of Jersey and run by the Social Security Department and a company called Westfield Health.  

 

Details are on the Social Security website of :

 

-           the sort of help available

 

-           the amount of financial help available 

 

-           what you need to do to make a claim

 

http://www.gov.je/Benefits/PensionsRetirement/Pages/65HealthPlan.aspx

 

 

 

In order to be eligible applicants must :

 

-          be over 65 years old

 

-          have been resident in Jersey for five years during their life

 

-          not have assets which are worth more than  £20,000 in the case of a single person and £30,000 for a couple. Note: This figure does not include the home or main residence.

 

-          their income must be below the  tax threshold (ie they do not pay any income tax)

 

If applicants meet the above conditions they may qualify for this scheme.

 

How to apply

 

An application form needs to be completed and returned to the Social Security Department. The form is available from the Department or from the Department’s website. 

 

By signing the registration form an applicant agrees that the Social Security Department can obtain information about the applicant's tax position from the States of Jersey Income Tax Department.

 

 

 

Completed forms should be returned to:      The Social Security Department, PO Box 55, Philip Le Feuvre House, La Motte Street, St Helier, Jersey JE4 8PE.

 

The information in the application will be checked by the Department to make sure it is accurate and then it will be sent to Westfield who run the scheme.

 

Westfield will confirm an applicant’s membership of the Health Assist Scheme by sending the applicant a welcome letter which will explain how the scheme works and how to make a claim.

 

Before they can make a claim applicants must have received their letter of confirmation from Westfield that they have been accepted onto the scheme

 

Westfield normally aims to settle a claim within 2 - 5 working days.

 

 

 

Westfield’s address is:

 

Westfield Health Scheme, Westfield House, 87 Division Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

 

S1 1HT

 

Tel: 01534 738111

 

 

 

Additional booklets about the scheme should be available from the following locations:

 

-          Citizens Advice Jersey

 

-          most Dentists and Opticians

 

-          Communicare Centre at St Brelade

 

-          the Social Security Department