Your Health Benefits - A Guide for Inuit to Access Non-Insured Health Benefits

2014
ISBN: 978-1-100-21817-5 (PDF Version)
Cat. No.: H34-230/2-2013E (PDF Version)
HC Pub.: 120158

Introduction

This handbook, Your Health Benefits--A Guide for Inuit to Access Non-Insured Health Benefits, has been developed jointly by Health Canada and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK).

The first section of the handbook provides information about the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program, which is administered by Health Canada and available to eligible First Nations and Inuit.

The final two sections of the handbook have been developed by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and provide information about the Nunatsiavut Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program (administered by the Nunatsiavut Government) and Nunavik's Insured/Non-Insured Health Benefits (INIHB) Program (administered by the Nunavik Board of Health and Social Services).

This handbook provides an overview of these three non-insured health benefit programs available to Inuit and explains:

  • Who is eligible;
  • What is covered;
  • What is expected;
  • How to access benefits;
  • The procedure for appeals; and
  • Who to contact when you need information.

These programs are very similar, but it is important to note that the delivery of non-insured health benefits differs from one region to the other.

1. Non-Insured Health Benefits Programs

1.1 Overview

Non-insured health benefits programs provide Inuit with several health-related goods and services that are not insured by provincial, territorial or private insurance plans. These benefits include coverage for specific drugs, dental care, vision care, medical supplies and equipment, short-term crisis intervention mental health counselling and medical transportation to access medically necessary goods and services not available in the community of residence.

There are three (3) different non-insured health benefit programs which provide benefits to various Inuit groups. To be eligible, you must be registered with and recognized by one of the four (4) Inuit land claim organizations.

The three programs are:

  1. Health Canada's Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program (available to beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement and beneficiaries of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement);
  2. The Nunatsiavut Government's Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program, which has chosen to adopt Health Canada's policies to guide the benefits provided (available to beneficiaries of the Labrador Inuit Land Claim Agreement); and
  3. Nunavik's Insured/Non-Insured Health Benefits (INIHB) Program (available to beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement [JBNQA]).

Important contact information for the different non-insured health benefit programs can be found in Section 5 at the end of this handbook.

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