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If you are not receiving a payment of your qualifying benefit or exemption you may not be entitled to help with your health costs. Your entitlement depends on why your benefit payments have stopped.

Sanctioned

If you’re qualifying benefit or exemption has stopped because of sanctions, you are not entitled to help with your NHS health costs.

If you Universal Credit payments and have been sanctioned, you are still entitled to help with your health costs if you would be entitled if it was not for the sanction.

Underlying entitlement

If you have an underlying entitlement to a qualifying benefit or exemption you're not entitled to any help with your health costs. This might be because you’re getting a different higher value benefit.

Reduced due to overpayment

If you're receiving payment of a qualifying benefit or exemption , but an earlier overpayment is currently being recovered from you, you can continue to claim help with your health costs.

‘Awarded nil’

If you've not been awarded any payments based on your benefit assessment, you're not entitled to help with your health costs. If your payments change in another assessment period, your entitlement may change. This is regardless of whether national insurance contributions are being paid on your behalf.

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