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If you receive, or are named on an award of, Universal Credit you may be able to get help with your health costs. The help you can get depends on what the costs are and when the costs were incurred.
 
More information can be found below and further guidance regarding all benefits is available on the GOV.UK website.

To get help with your help costs you must be receiving Universal Credit, either on your own or as part of a couple, and in the last complete ‘assessment period’:

  • you and your partner (if you have one) had zero earnings, or a ‘take-home pay’ of £435.00 or less on your Universal Credit statement. Or;
  • you and your partner (if you have one) had zero earnings, or a ‘take-home pay’ of £935.00 or less on your Universal Credit statement and have a ‘child element’ or ‘limited capability to work’.


Your ‘assessment period’ runs for a calendar month from the date your Universal Credit started. You can find this date on your Universal Credit statement.

If you’re a dependent child or a qualifying young person of someone who meets the above criteria, you’re also entitled to help with your health costs.

Your Universal Credit statement can be shown as evidence to receive help with your health costs if you meet the above criteria. It is your responsibility to check your entitlement before you claim help with health costs.

If you are unsure about your entitlement, or expect to be entitled in future, you should pay and then claim a refund if you meet the qualifying criteria in the following assessment period.

Check what help you could get to pay for NHS costs and apply online.

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