NHS Prescriptions and Universal Credit
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NHS Prescriptions and Universal Credit

If you live in the UK and claim Universal
Credit, you may be entitled to help with your health costs and this can include free NHS
prescriptions. To qualify, you’ll need to be claiming Universal
Credit and have earned less than £435 in your last assessment period either on your
own or claiming as a couple, or earned less than £935 if you are looking after a child,
or you or your partner has limited capability for work. Currently, as NHS prescriptions do not have
a tick box on to say you are exempt from paying because you receive Universal Credit, you
must tick the Income Based Jobseekers Allowance box (option K) instead until new prescription
forms are available. If you claim free prescriptions, you may have
to prove you’re entitled to them. You can do this by providing proof that you received
Universal Credit at that time, which can be found using a statement from your online account,
or your benefit entitlement letter. Entitlement for free prescriptions is checked
and a penalty notice may be issued if entitlement can’t be found. If you receive a penalty charge
notice visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/penaltycharges. Here you can pay your outstanding charges,
or challenge them if think they are wrong. For more information visit http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/healthcosts

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