The Taoiseach Enda Kenny says a flexibility will be shown in the Government's revised medical card strategy.
The Coalition will announce the moves this afternoon and it is expected to see more people qualify on a discretionary basis.
A small protest that has taken place for 190 days outside Government Buildings due to withdrawal of the cards is expected to end today.
Speaking on his way into the Cabinet the Taoiseach says the Government has listened to the concerns.
Mr Kenny said: "We have listened very carefully, as has the department and the ministers, to the issues that have been raised by people and their concerns about bureaucracy, about having to re-apply and about having to send in further information.
"It is well known now that the medical card system will not be based upon a categorisation of medical ailments, but I expect the minister will outline the flexibilities and the element of local input and discretion that will apply here."