Federal health minister Tanya Plibersek has announced that she has gained the support for the Australian Greens for the proposed changes to the private health insurance rebate and Medicare Levy Surcharge.
In a press conference in Canberra earlier this afternoon (February 14), Ms Plibersek stated that
she now expects the bill allowing the private health insurance rebate to be means tested to pass.
"This means that people on $50,000 a year will no longer be subsidising the private health insurance of people on $250,000 a year," she said.
The health minister indicated that $165 million will be put towards dental health, as part of her bid to secure the support of the Greens.
It is also believed that other agreements have been made to get independents on board.
Ms Plibersek asserted: "I will let the crossbenchers speak for themselves".
Greens members Richard di Natale and Adam Bandt addressed reporters after Ms Plibersek's announcement and confirmed that the party was pleased with the decision.
It is unsure whether parliament will vote on the legislation on Tuesday or Wednesday, as there are currently 30 speakers ahead of the health minister.