Extended Family Tax Benefit Part A Medicare Safety Net threshold

If you get Family Tax Benefit Part A you’re eligible for the FTB Part A Medicare Safety Net threshold.

Payment of FTB Part A Safety Net benefits

The start date of your Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN) FTB Part A eligibility depends on how and when you get your FTB Part A payment.

How you get your FTB Part A payment Eligibility
fortnightly You’re eligible for the rest of the calendar year, starting from the date of your first FTB A payment
in a lump sum payment in this financial year You’re eligible for this threshold for the following calendar year. For example if, for the 2016-17 financial year you receive your FTB A payment on 21 September 2017, you’re eligible for this threshold from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018
in a lump sum payment for a previous financial year You’re eligible for the rest of the calendar year, from the date you get the payment. For example, if you got a lump sum payment in 2016-17, and then get an FTB A payment on 3 March 2018, you’re eligible for the threshold from 3 March 2018 to 31 December 2018

Read more about Family Tax Benefit Part A and check your eligibility to get it.

Benefits

Once you’ve reached the concessional and FTB Part A threshold of $656.30, you’ll get the Medicare benefit plus whichever is lowest of the following:

  • 80% of the out of pocket amount, or
  • EMSN benefit caps - read more about the EMSN benefit caps on the Department of Health website

Reaching the out of pocket threshold

Each time you or your family claim from Medicare we keep a tally of the out of pocket amounts during the calendar year.

When your family gets close to the threshold amount we’ll tell you, so you can confirm who’s in your family and get the higher Medicare benefit when your family reaches the threshold.

If you’re single we’ll automatically pay you the higher benefit when you reach the threshold.

The Medicare Safety Net threshold is indexed annually from 1 January.

We calculate the Safety Net on a calendar year, 1 January to 31 December.

You can check your Medicare Safety Net balance any time using your Medicare online account through myGov or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.

Page last updated: 21 November 2017