On October 1, 2017, the FNHA will join BC PharmaCare, becoming part of the provincial drug benefits insurance program.
Approval processes for drugs needing special authorization will be streamlined, and most clients will not see a change at the pharmacy counter.
For a small percentage of clients however, there will be a few changes. If you have any questions about the medication you're receiving, we recommend speaking with your doctor or other health care provider.
It's also a good idea to bring both your BC Services Card/CareCard and your Status Card to the pharmacy to access your drug beneﬁts. If you don't have your MSP premiums paid by FNHA yet, contact our FNHA client support representative to enroll at 1.855.550.5454.
If you're preparing to travel out-of-province, plan ahead and ﬁll prescriptions in advance here in BC before leaving. PharmaCare is a BC program, and cannot pay for prescriptions filled in other provinces.
The transition to PharmaCare is part of an overall plan to bring decision-making about health benefits closer to home and into the hands of First Nations. Bringing the program home to BC is our first step in improving it. Key benefits of this transition include:
• Providing clients with increased ease of access to benefits and services.• A streamlined approvals process that reduces the number of steps needed for prescriptions approvals.• Integrating benefits with the Province of BC will reduce confusion for clients who often have to navigate both federal and provincial services.• A closer working partnership with PharmaCare, pharmacists, and physicians/nurse practitioners, all of whom have an interest in better outcomes for FNHA clients.• Once the transition is complete, we’ll be better positioned to transform benefits to reflect the cultures and perspectives of BC First Nations and incorporate First Nations’ models of wellness.• Over time, stronger relationships will be developed with providers to better coordinate benefits and fully integrate the program within a client’s circle of care.
Questions about coverage? We want to hear from you. Call our toll free Health Beneﬁts Support line at 1.855.550.5454 or email us at HealthBeneﬁts@fnha.ca
For additional information:
• View the list of drugs impacted by the transition to PharmaCare by brand name.• Review our Frequently Asked Questions and watch for updates as they become available.• See our poster and brochure to inform our clients throughout BC.
• Watch the PharmaCare Transition webinar video:
1.800.317.7878 (Toll Free)
Download a print version of the FNHA Health Benefits Client Satisfaction Survey
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