• Non-status income assistance recipients resident on-
reserve with Medical Service Plan (MSP) and Fair
PharmaCare coverage may be eligible for the health
benefits that are outlined in Chapter 10 of the Social
Development Policy and Procedures Manual.
Medical Service Plan
• MSP is a provincial Ministry of Health program that
provides basic medical benefits to BC residents.
• Non-status recipients with MSP coverage may be provided with
premium-free medical coverage
• Eligibility for health benefits is determined on an individual basis
• Status individuals receive NIHB via Health Canada
• Premiums are based on an individual's previous year’s net income
• Premium payments are due monthly and may be covered by
Income Assistance 3
Medical Service Plan
• The BSDW has no authority to cover costs not covered by MSP
• Applicants must meet the following criteria:
Must be a citizen of Canada
Must live in BC
Must be present in BC at least 6 month / year
Dependents are also covered if they are residents of BC
• Fair PharmaCare is a provincial Ministry of Health program
that provides financial assistance to BC residents with the costs of
purchasing prescription drugs and some medical supplies.
• Fair PharmaCare assistance is based on the individual’s net
income (or a couple’s combined net income) for the previous
• All residents of BC are encouraged to register with Fair PharmaCare.
• Recipients under this plan obtain coverage by providing their
Personal Health Number (PHN) or Care Card to any pharmacy
• To be eligible for Fair PharmaCare financial assistance, the recipient
be a resident of BC,
have effective MSP coverage, and
have filed an income tax return for the relevant taxation year.
• Fair PharmaCare provides a deductible for eligible prescription drugs
and some medical supplies.
• Once a family’s contributions towards eligible costs reach the annual
family maximum, Fair PharmaCare will cover 100 per cent of further
eligible expenses for the remainder of the calendar year.
• For prescriptions not regularly covered by Fair PharmaCare, non-
status recipients must have their physician request Special Authority
directly from Fair PharmaCare.
• Fair PharmaCare may restrict recipients to specific pharmacies or
• Non-status recipients without MSP coverage should apply to
Health Insurance BC for a Care Card and register with Fair PharmaCare.
• The BSDW or CHR may assist the recipient in completing the proper
• Non-status family members who need to obtain coverage should contact
Health Insurance BC directly for information and forms.
• Non-status recipients with MSP and Fair PharmaCare coverage are to
provide the BSDW with their Care Card number and if required their monthly
MSP premium payment information.
Reporting for all Health Benefits
Budget and Decision Form (901-25)
The Budget and Decision Form (901-25) is to document the expenditure of the
approved payment of services for the recipient as follows:
Comment section – indicate “Health Benefit (Non-Status)”,
Basic Needs section – amount of expenditure,
Temporary Allowance section – month in which the expenditure is paid,
and Signatures of both the recipient and administering authority.
Health benefits allowances are charged to the basic needs budget.
Social Development Financial and Statistical Report
The BSDW is to include the number of people and expenditures on the
SDFSR under the Health Benefits (Non-Status) section 9
Form Review – #17 Handout
• Specified health benefits may be provided to eligible non-status recipients
and their families for a limited number of health-related services and
supplies not covered by the Medical Services Plan (MSP)
• Status individuals receive health benefits through Medical Services Branch
of Health Canada.
The BSDW must:
• ensure the recipient is eligible
• ensure all required documentation (i.e., invoices, lab slips, and/or
prescriptions) are attached to all required forms,
• complete the Health Benefits Request & Authorization (SA 205) form,
• document expenditures on the Budget and Decision Form (901-25) form,
• report expenditure on the Social Development Financial and Statistical
Report (SDFSR) form.
• Specified dental services, treatment, dentures and emergency
services are provided to all non-status recipients and non-status
dependants and children who are eligible for Medical Services Plan
Health & Benefit Request Form – SA 205 Procedure
1. The BSDW completes Section A: Client Information before providing the
form to the client.
2. The client takes the form to the dental practitioner, who completes
Section B: Service Information before returning the form to the client.
3. The client returns the form to the BSDW, who completes Section C:
Recommendation information before authorizing service.
4. The BSDW or the FSO then completes Section D:
5. Authorization – amounts up to $500 are to be authorized by the BSDW,
amounts exceeding $500 are to be authorized by the FSO.
6. All documentation must be attached and the date stamped
• Specified orthodontic services required in health threatening situations is
provided to all non-status recipients and non-status dependants and
children who are eligible for Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage
To be eligible for orthodontic services, the client must have:
1. severe skeletal dysplasia with jaw misalignment of 2 or more standard
2. prior authorization from the BSDW for the orthodontic services, and
3. no other sources of funding available to pay the cost of the orthodontic
• Non-status recipients and dependents must fit into at least one of the
• A dependant child of an employable parent is eligible for benefits under this
section only for a period of one year from the date the parent becomes self
Application for Orthodontia – BC-HB-03
1. The BSDW completes the Administering Authority section and gives the
form to the client to present to the dentist.
2. The dentist prepares the orthodontic work-up and sends it to Medical Service
3. The dentist then sends the invoice for the work-up to the BSDW to pay for the
4. The MSB committee reviews the work-up and makes a decision
5. A letter is sent to the BSDW based on the committee’s decision,
6. If the client is found eligible, the committee provides a suggested payment
schedule for the dentist.
7. The BSDW prepares written confirmation for the dentist that authorizes the
treatment plan and sets out the schedule of payments that will be reimbursed
• Specified optical services, including eye exams, are provided to all non-
status recipients and non-status dependants and children who are eligible
for Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage.
Routine eye examinations may be provided once every two years for:
1. adults aged 19 to 64 who are in receipt of income assistance or Persons
with Disabilities (PWD) assistance, and
2. recipients (regardless of age) of hardship assistance, provided that they
have met citizenship requirements.
3. Coverage of optical supplements is strictly limited to basic eyewear and
repairs and pre-authorized eyewear and repairs.
Routine eye examinations for children and seniors continue to be covered by
MSP, as do medically necessary eye examinations for everyone registered
with MSP regardless of age. 22
• Prescription eye glasses coverage is between $108 and $179 based on the
type of eye glasses required (e.g., single vision vs. bifocal lenses)
• Payment is made at the rates negotiated by the Ministry of Health Services
and is restricted to examinations performed by an ophthalmologist or an
• Assistance for extraordinary transportation, accommodation, and other
costs associated for essential medical treatment
• Essential medical treatment is treatment provided under MSP or a hospital
• Extraordinary transportation costs are needs significantly in excess of
those that can reasonably be incorporated in normal daily living.
• For example, a routine or follow-up physician’s visit is not extraordinary, but
daily blood tests over an extended period of time are significant.
The BSDW may authorize the least expensive and appropriate mode of
• essential medical treatment is required;
• there are extraordinary transportation costs;
• all alternative options and resources have been explored
• the recipient provides a list of the expected medical transportation costs.
Not Included in Health Related Travel
• A complete list is found in section 10.6 page 2, additionally
• Expenses for routine medical visits should normally be met through
monthly support benefits.
• Under no circumstances is medical transportation to be issued to purchase,
maintain, or insure a vehicle.
• Under no circumstances are Emergency Health Services Commission
ambulance bills to be paid by the BSDW.
• Out-of-province ambulance bills are not eligible for payment by the
• Non-status recipients must provide written verification from a physician of
the medical need for the requested transportation.
• Details of the exceptional medical need, the financial assessment, and all
approved costs are to be recorded on the client’s file.
• Non-local, non-emergency medical transportation is only considered when
the required essential medical treatment is not available in the local
• Essential medical equipment and devices are
available to all eligible non-status recipients who
need the equipment or device to prevent medical
or health deterioration.
• Where appropriate, a basic mobility aid may be
purchased for a recipient who is unable to be
• All requests for medical equipment and devices
require prior approval by the BSDW
Rent, Purchases and Repairs
Recipients must provide a:
• price quote from the supplier, and
• written prescription and diagnosis from a medical
• functional assessment by a licensed health care
• Recipients are responsible for providing required
• The administering authority is not responsible for
any fees associated with this documentation.
• Recipients living in special care facilities are not eligible for medical
equipment from the BSDW
• These needs must be met through the Ministry of Health Services
Life threatening Emergencies
• Except in cases of a life-threatening emergency, the BSDW may not
accept payment responsibility for medical equipment purchased
without prior approval.
• The BSDW shall ensure all details of the exceptional medical need
and the financial assessment are recorded on the recipient’s file.
• The BSDW shall determine if the requested medical equipment is an
• Essential medical supplies (excluding nutritional supplements) are
available to all eligible non-status recipients
• Requests must come from a medical physician
• Requests must be pre-approved by the BSDW prior to purchase
• The BSDW does not accept responsibility for payment, except in
cases of a life-threatening emergency, of medical supplies purchased
without prior approval.
• The BSDW does not accept responsibility for payment of most
over-the-counter medications, vitamins, or other minor medical
• Recipients are responsible for providing required documentation.
• Eligible non-status recipients must provide a written prescription and
diagnosis from a physician
• If the cost for medical supplies is more than $200 but less than $500,
the recipient must provide at least two estimates.
• Details of the exceptional medical need and the financial assessment
are to be recorded on the client’s file.
• Section 10.9 provides a comprehensive list of Eligible Items
• Section 10.10 provides a list of non-legible items 33
What challenges and best practices
have you experienced with NIHB
requests in your community?