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Important change in health benefits on the way for First Nations Health Authority clients

posted July 4, 2017
On October 1, 2017 all First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) clients will become beneficiaries of the BC PharmaCare program. This means, NPs will be able to fill drug prescriptions for FNHA clients via the PharmaCare plan.

As FNHA clients transfer from Health Canada's Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) drug coverage program they will continue to be eligible for the medications they need, but a small number will have to change drug therapies as they switch to the PharmaCare formulary.

With the change fast approaching, we're hopeful you can assist in supporting a smooth transition by reaching out to clients who may need to change their medications. Information about eligible drugs will be posted at FNHA.ca.

In addition, we hope you'll remind your FNHA clients to take their BC Services Cards and their Status Card to the pharmacy when filling prescriptions. We also strongly suggest FNHA clients plan ahead before travelling outside of the province. PharmaCare can't pay for any prescriptions ordered from pharmacies outside of B.C., so the best course of action is to let clients know they should get their prescriptions filled in the province, before leaving.

Health care providers and clients may call 1.855.550.5454 or contact FNHA via email at HealthBenefits@fnha.ca to resolve any client issues arising from the transition to PharmaCare. More information and updates on these health benefits changes will be posted at FNHA.ca​ in the coming weeks, as they come online.

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