Retirees' meeting to explain budget pension impact

THE impact of changes to pensions proposed in this year’s federal budget will be outlined at the Warrnambool branch meeting of the Association of Independent Retirees (AIR) today.

Branch spokesman Rod Carter said the proposed changes could mean that many retirees would no longer be able to buy pharmaceuticals at concessional rates.

Mr Carter said today’s meeting, to be held from 10am at the Uniting Church hall in Koroit Street, was open to the public and not just AIR members.

The proposed changes and other issues relevant to retirees will be explained by Murray Eccles from Centrelink’s financial information service.

He said one of the principal concerns was the proposed change involving eligibility for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC).

“If this change is passed, many retirees will no longer be eligible for the card and will no longer be able to purchase pharmaceutical prescriptions at the concessional rate,” Mr Carter said.

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