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BCNA News 22 Mar 2016

BCNA speaks out for people living with terminal illness

In 2015, BCNA was instrumental in having the legislation that allows access to superannuation under the terminal illness provision changed. Following representations to then Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg MP, the Government amended the legislation to change the life expectancy provision from one year to two years.

The intention of this change was to make it easier for people with a terminal illness to access their funds earlier should they need to. The changes, which took effect on 1 July 2015, assist not only women and men living with metastatic breast cancer, but all Australians living with a terminal illness.

Although the change was an important step in improving support for people living with terminal illness, BCNA is concerned that people are still having difficulties accessing their superannuation and insurance due to the complexity of application processes and delays in payouts.

As part of a wider advocacy strategy to make it easier for people living with a terminal illness to access these funds, BCNA CEO Christine Nolan spoke to ABC National about the issues people with terminal illness often face and what BCNA wants to see changed in this space.

Listen to the interview here: