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20 1923

NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE ACT, 1923

PART V.

MISCELLANEOUS.

Abolition of Women's Equalisation Fund.

26. —(1) Section 2 of the Act of 1918 (which provides for the establishment of the Women's Equalisation Fund) shall be deemed to have ceased to have effect as from the 1st day of January, 1922, and in the exercise of the power conferred by Section 28 of the Act of 1913 of making Regulations with respect to the crediting or variation or cancellation of reserve values, regard shall be had to the provisions of this Section.

(2) Nothing in this Section shall render invalid any scheme or regulations duly made before or within six months after the passing of this Act under the said Section 2 of the Act of 1918, and any scheme or regulation so made shall have full effect.

Application of sums unclaimed in stamp sales accounts.

27. —(1) Such part as the Insurance Commissioners may direct of the sums which under Section 29 of the Act of 1918 (which provides for the disposal of sums unclaimed in the Stamp Sales Account) are to be carried to the National Health Insurance Central Fund shall, instead of being so carried, be credited to Approved Societies in accordance with Schemes to be made by the Insurance Commissioners with the approval of the Minister for Finance, and any sums credited under this Section to an Approved Society shall be applied by the Society in such manner as the schemes may provide for the purpose of preventing any members of the Society who are in arrears and to whom the schemes apply from being or continuing to be suspended from benefit or from having their benefits reduced except by such amounts as the schemes may provide.

(2) This Section shall be deemed to have been in force and shall have effect as from the 31st day of December, 1921, and shall continue in force until the 31st day of December, 1923.

Adapation of Section 54 of the Act of 1911.

28. —(1) Section 54 of the Act of 1911 shall be construed and take effect as if—

(a) the words “Military Forces (International Arrangements) Insurance Fund” were substituted for the words “Navy and Army Insurance Fund” wherever those words occur in the said Section; and

(b) the words “Minister for Finance” were substituted for the words “National Debt Commissioners” wherever those words occur in the said Section; and

(c) the words “in which trustees are for the time being authorised by law to invest trust moneys” were substituted for the words in sub-section (3) beginning “which are for the time being” and ending “1890 to 1909” (inclusive).

(2) So much of the securities vested in the National Debt Commissioners under the said Section 54 of the Act of 1911 at the passing of this Act as are proved, on any apportionment made under this Act or otherwise, to be attributable to Saorstát Eireann may be transferred to and received by the Minister for Finance, and when so received shall be held by the Minister in accordance with the provisions of the said Section 54.

Continuance of the National Health Insurance (Prolongation of Insurance) Act, 1921.

29. —The National Health (Prolongation of Insurance) Act, 1921, shall be deemed to have continued in force and to have had effect as from the 31st day of December, 1922, and shall continue in force until the 31st day of December, 1924.

Short title and construction.

30. —This Act may be cited as the National Health Insurance Act, 1923, and shall be construed as one with the National Health Insurance Acts, 1911 to 1921, and those Acts and this Act may be cited together as the National Health Insurance Acts, 1911 to 1923.