PHI 36/14

This circular issued by the Private Health Insurance Branch contains information about Changes to Restricted Access Groups

Page last updated: 17 June 2014

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17 June 2014

Changes to Restricted Access Groups

The Private Health Insurance (Registration) Amendment Rules 2014 (No.1) (the Amendment Rules) were registered with the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI) and commenced on 11 June 2014 (FRLI Number: F2014L00685). Changes to the Private Health Insurance (Registration) Rules 2009 (No.2) (the Rules) relating to clause 6 and the Schedule- Restricted Access Groups for certain insurers are outlined below.

The Amendment Rules update the reference to the definitions of certain restricted access groups under clause 6 and items 2, 4, 6, 8, and 9 of the Schedule.

Amendment to Item 2 of the Schedule to the Rules

The Amendment Rules at item 2 extend CBHS Health Fund Limited’s cover to employees of contractors of any Commonwealth Bank Group who are involved in the supply of goods and services to the Commonwealth Bank Group, and employees of franchisees of a subsidiary company with the Commonwealth Bank Group.

Amendment to Item 4 of the Schedule to the Rules

The Amendment Rules at item 4 remove Health Care Insurance Ltd from the Rules as a listed restricted access insurer, as they have ceased to be a restricted access insurer.

Amendment to Item 6 of the Schedule to the Rules

The Amendment Rules at item 6 amend the eligibility of Phoenix Health Fund Limited membership from ‘tubemakers’ to the ‘steel industry’ to move from being an
employer-based fund to an industry-based fund.

Amendment to Item 8 of the Schedule to the Rules

The Amendment Rules at item 8 expand Queensland Teachers’ Union Health Fund’s restricted access group to allow anyone who is, or was, a member of a union to join the fund.

Amendment to Item 9 of the Schedule to the Rules

The Amendment Rules at item 9 make a minor technical change to Railway and Transport Health Fund’s restricted access group to insert the term ‘energy supply’ and remove the term ‘electricity’. This is to minimise members’ confusion around eligibility to join the fund.

Amendment to Clause 6 of the Rules

The Amendment Rules at clause 6 expand the cover of the Reserve Bank Health Fund to include former partners and adult children of current members of the Reserve Bank.

Further information relating to the Amendment Rules is available at the ComLaw website.

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