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PharmaCare Transition


​On October 1, 2017, the FNHA joined BC PharmaCare, becoming part of the provincial drug benefits insurance program.

October 23, 2017 Note:

Most First Nations in BC are  automatically enrolled with PharmaCare Plan W.  No additional forms or registration is required. You can be sure that you are automatically enrolled if you received a letter from FNHA advising you of the PharmaCare Transition, or if FNHA already pays for your MSP premiums.

​If you have any questions, our Health Benefits Support line is available from 8am to 8pm weekdays. Call us at 1.855.550.5454.

​​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. The FNHA PharmaCare plan will be a fully paid plan and BC PharmaCare will be the first payer for FNHA clients.  

​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 prescription 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 develop with providers to better coordinate benefits and fully integrate the program within a client's circle of care.

• Approval processes for drugs needing special authorization will ​be streamlined, and most clients will not see a change at the pharmacy counter.

Clients are encouraged to bring both their BC Services Card/CareCard and Status Card to the pharmacy to access your drug benefits. If you received a letter from FNHA regarding the transition to PharmaCare, you are already enrolled in Plan W. 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. 

For additional information:

• View the full PharmaCare Plan W formulary here. To learn how to use the PharmaCare formulary search tool, watch this short video below or read this instructional guide​. The PharmaCare formulary search tool is a resource to help you check if your drugs are covered by Plan W.​

​​• A small number of items will continue to be covered by NIHB to ensure a smooth transition for FNHA clients. Please see this list to see which items will continue to be covered by NIHB.​

• For a small percentage of clients, 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. View this list of drugs that are impacted by the transition to PharmaCare.

• Review our Frequently Asked Questions and w​atch for updates as they become available.​


If yo​u have a health condition supported by a provincial agency for: Cancer diagnosis (BC Cancer Agency); Organ transplant (BC Transplant); Chronic Kidney disease (BC Renal Agency); or HIV/AIDS (BC Centre for Excellence for HIV/AIDS); please speak to your doctor or specialist to ensure you are enrolled or registered. While you enroll, a six-month transition period is in place to ensure you continue to receive the medications you need.​

Please read this important​ information h​er​​e.​​​

​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 

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Updated October 6​, 2017​​

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