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Private Health Insurance Rebate Means-Test Becomes Law

A new law will permit the means-testing of Australia’s private health insurance rebate. Under the Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives bills, which passed through the House of Representatives and the Senate this spring, the taxpayer-funded subsidy for insurance decreases as an individual’s or family’s income increases and is eliminated over a certain income threshold. “This is a win for low and middle income earners, who have been forced to subsidize the private health insurance of higher income earners through their taxes,” said Health Minister Tanya Plibersek.


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