Automatic entitlement to help with NHS health costs usually stops when you reach age 19.
You may still be entitled to help at age 19 if your parent or guardian has:
- an NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate and gets Child Tax Credit payments for you
- is in receipt of a qualifying benefit or exemption and is receiving a Child Tax Credit payment for you
- is in receipt of a qualifying benefit or exemption which includes an amount for you
You must select the box on the prescription that matches the exemption your parent or guardian has.
You may need to show evidence when claiming help with health costs.
This can be:
- your parent or guardian's Tax Credit award notice that includes you as a child dependant and shows their income is not more than £15,276
- your parent or guardian's qualifying benefit award letter and their Tax Credit award notice that includes you as a child dependant
- your parent or guardian's Universal Credit (UC) statement that includes payment for you as a dependant
If you’re not covered by a benefit or exemption, you can apply for help through the NHS Low Income Scheme by completing an HC1 application.