COVID-19 financial hardship temporary premium reduction

GMHBA is committed to continuing to support members who may be struggling financially during these tough times. From 1 October until 31 December 2020, eligible members experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 can access a premium reduction of 30% for three months.  

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a temporary premium reduction, you must:

·         Be an existing GMHBA member for at least 12 months.

·         Provide clear evidence that you are continuing to experience financial hardship due to COVID-19 through accessing JobKeeper or JobSeeker.

If your health cover is currently suspended

Members who are currently suspended and meet the eligibility criteria for the temporary premium reduction can apply for this support option to reactivate your cover at the discounted rate for three months.

If you decide to take up this option, you will not be able to suspend your cover again at the end of the three-month discount period.

Supporting documentation

To apply for a temporary premium reduction, you will need to provide GMHBA with evidence that you are accessing JobKeeper or JobSeeker via the following documentation:

  • For members accessing JobSeeker you will need to provide GMHBA with a copy of your JobSeeker confirmation from Centrelink. The payments must have commenced after 1 February 2020 and this must be displayed on the letter.

  • For members accessing JobKeeper you will need to provide GMHBA with a letter from your employer confirming you are receiving JobKeeper payments. This letter must include your name, confirmation that you are receiving JobKeeper payments, as well as contact information for your place of employment.

  • For sole traders accessing JobKeeper you will need to provide a copy of your business registration and your JobKeeper confirmation email from the Australian Tax Office (this can also be located on MyGov).

How to apply for the temporary premium reduction

We’ll be taking applications from 1 October until 31 December 2020.

You can submit your application in the online member area with your supporting documentation. You can also contact us to apply.

The three-month discount period will apply from your first payment after your application is approved. Please allow up to five business days for approval.