By Christina Finn Share693 Tweet Email42 If you’re self-employed your PRSI will now get you a free check-up at the dentist For the first time, self-employed people can get free dental and optical exams through their PRSI contribution. LIVE: Travel chaos as Irish Rail and Dublin Bus services hit by strike> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 32 Comments Mar 31st 2017, 10:33 AM Image: Sal Friday 31 Mar 2017, 10:33 AM Image: Sal http://jrnl.ie/3316475 Short URL Updated 2.45pmSELF-EMPLOYED PEOPLE ARE now entitled to a free dental and optical check-up.It was announced in the last Budget that the benefits, once removed from all PRSI workers, are to be returned.However, these social welfare measures were never available to those that worked for themselves and paid a different class of PRSI.From today and for the first time, self-employed people can get free dental and optical exams through their PRSI contribution.This includes small business owners, farmers, tradespeople, freelancers, contractors and professionals.Self-employed workersMaking the announcement today, Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar said the treatment benefit will now extend to 450,000 self-employed workers.The benefits will also extend to a worker’s dependent spouse, who will also have access to regular dental and optical examinations, free of charge, for the first time.Self-employed people will also be able to avail of a grant for hearing aids of 50% of the cost, to a maximum of €500 per aid, every four years.“One of my key priorities on being appointed Minister for Social Protection was the restoration of the treatment benefits for employees, and its extension to the self-employed,” said Varadkar.“As someone who believes passionately that self-employed people deserve to be supported by Government and treated equally when it comes to tax and social insurance, I’m really pleased to bring in this reform. Self-employed people now join the 2.2 million other PRSI contributors who already enjoy these benefits,” said the minister.The Irish Dental Association today’s announcement was a small but welcome first step in restoring state supports towards the cost of dental treatment which were previously available.However, Dr Tom Rodgers, Chair of the IDA General Dental Practitioner Group said the funding which was now being made available by the state was still only a fraction of the amount cut since 2009.He said the cuts had led to a loss of €500 million in supports to patients towards the costs of dental treatments.Dr Rodgers said the association is fully committed to further engagement with the department on other changes to the scheme and called on the government to restore further treatments on a grant in aid basis in the next Budget.READ: Your PRSI will now let you get a free teeth cleaning 25,266 Views
Hyderabad: Governor E S L Narasimhan on Friday stressed the need for providing quality seeds to farmers as it would ensure food security. Addressing as the Chief Guest at the valedictory session of the ISTA Congress here on Friday, Narasimhan said the agrarian distress had led to farmers migrating to urban areas. If the migration continued, he asked who would take care of agriculture and provide food to the growing population. It was against this backdrop, he stressed on the importance of supplying quality seeds. Also Read – Farmers stage rasta roko against urea shortage in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Agriculture Minister S Niranjan Reddy said the State government was making plans for the development of the seed sector in the State to make it as the seed bowl of the world. He said that the State was already supplying seeds to 10 States in the country. The State was the home for quality seed production with a support system of three lakh skilled human resources engaged in the production of the seeds. Telangana has a net yield of 65 lakh quintals of seed annually. The deliberations at the symposium had enabled Telangana to further reach out to the global markets to export its seeds, he added. Also Read – Ramagundam: Focus on company’s growth, community development Advertise With Us The Minister said the Congress had deliberated on several key issues like ‘seed traceability,” and stressed the need that the Indian seed industry to work closely with ISTA to prepare for future challenges in quality seed development. ISTA President Craig McGill said that the seed symposium had focussed on the theme of ‘Seed Technology and Quality in a changing world’ to take into the future the key issues of the high-quality seeds for food security. Advertise With Us Expressing happiness over the successful conduct of the Congress at Hyderabad, which was the seed capital of India. He said excellent discussions have taken place and hoped they would continue in the future and the new relations forged at the Congress would contribute to the production of the seed quality, he said. McGill said that the conduct of the ISTA in Telangana which is giving priority to the seed sector development should act as an example for others in the world to take forward the importance of quality seed development into the future. State Principal Secretary Agriculture C Partha Sarathi, Dr K Keshavulu, executive member, ISTA Governing Body and Director of TSSOCA were among those who spoke at the closing ceremony. Deliberations of on different issues relating to the seed development would continue till July 3, as part of the ISTA Congress.
The hit-and-run happened on Willard Street a little after 1 p.m. Monday. Police say a Facebook live video shows Ellison hitting a woman with her car. The victim, Tameka Cooper, has a minor leg injury.Ellison being held in the New Hanover County jail under a $1,005,000 bond. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington woman accused of intentionally running over another woman, an act caught on camera, is now behind bars.19-year-old Shadasia Ellison was arrested Wednesday. She’s charged with attempted first degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, child abuse, among other charges.- Advertisement –