Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mitchell

Hon Alex Hawke MP

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Local Politics -

As your Fed­eral Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, I can as­sist with:

Rep­re­sent you in Fed­eral Par­lia­ment

Li­aise with Min­is­ter and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments on your be­half with con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sages for 50th or 60th Wedding

An­niver­sary and 90th or 100th Birth­days

Aus­tralian De­fence Medal (ADM) and Salut­ing their Ser­vice com­mem­o­ra­tions pro­gram – Cer­tifi­cates of Ap­pre­ci­a­tion

Pro­vid­ing af­ford­able ac­cess to new treat­ment for leukaemia and lym­phoma

Leukaemia and lym­phoma pa­tients in Mitchell will ben­e­fit from af­ford­able ac­cess to a new medicine, with the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment sub­si­dis­ing the drug.

Ibru­ti­nib (sold as Im­bru­vica®) would nor­mally cost $187,390 on av­er­age per course of treat­ment, putting it be­yond the reach of most pa­tients.

This $466 mil­lion list­ing on the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Ben­e­fits Scheme (PBS) will save pa­tients hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars. From 1 De­cem­ber 2018, it will cost a max­i­mum of $38.80 per treat­ment and just $6.30 for con­ces­sional pa­tients.

More than 60 new can­cer medicines or amended list­ings have been ap­proved by the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment since Oc­to­ber 2013.

Pen­sioner Con­ces­sion Card re­in­stated for for­mer Mitchell part-pen­sion­ers

For­mer part-pen­sion­ers in Mitchell will have their Pen­sioner Con­ces­sion Card (PCC) re­in­stated from this week.

In re­in­stat­ing the PCC, the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment is en­sur­ing that these 90,000 for­mer part-pen­sion­ers, in­clud­ing 833 in Mitchell will be able to ac­cess those ben­e­fits again in the fu­ture. The PCC will be au­to­mat­i­cally re­in­stated from this week com­menc­ing Mon­day, 9th Oc­to­ber and it’s ex­pected that all those el­i­gi­ble will have their card within the next fort­night. Those ex­pect­ing a reis­sued card don’t need to do any­thing to re­ceive it, it will be sent to them au­to­mat­i­cally.

They will also re­tain the Com­mon­wealth Se­niors Health Card, which con­tin­ued to be pro­vided af­ter the Jan­uary 2017 pen­sion changes. This means they will con­tinue to be paid the en­ergy sup­ple­ment that they for­merly re­ceived with their pen­sion.

For more in­for­ma­tion about reinstatement of the pen­sioner con­ces­sion card, go to www.hu­manser­vices.gov.au/in­di­vid­u­als/news/pen­sioner-con­ces­sion-card-reinstatement

For more in­for­ma­tion on as­sets lev­els go to www.hu­manser­vices.gov.au/in­di­vid­u­als/en­ablers/as­sets.

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