FNHA CEO Joe Gallagher (left) and Pacific Blue Cross CEO John Crawford sign a Declaration of Commitment to Cultural Safety and Humility before signing a new five-year services agreement between the two organizations.
Leaders from the FNHA and Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) sign the new services agreement between the two organizations. Standing, left to right: Richard Jock, FNHA Chief Operating Officer; Liza Muir, PBC Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer; John Mah, FNHA Vice-President, Health Benefits; Rob Chiarello, Vice-President, People and Culture, PBC. Seated, left to right: Joe Gallagher, FNHA CEO; John Crawford, PBC President and CEO.
Nations Health Authority (FNHA) announced today that it has partnered
with Pacific Blue Cross to administer a suite of health benefits to
First Nations residents of BC.
this September, Pacific Blue Cross will administer benefits on behalf of
the FNHA for dental, vision, medical supplies and equipment, and drugs
not covered by PharmaCare. Currently, approximately
144,000 First Nations people in BC receive these benefits primarily
through Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) – a national program that
provides coverage to registered First Nations for a specified range of
medically necessary items and services that are
not covered by other plans and programs.
migration off the Health Canada system is another step forward in
self-governance over health services in British Columbia,”
said Joe Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the FNHA. “It
offers us an opportunity to review and re-design the delivery of
non-insured health benefits to improve coverage and make the system more
efficient and effective – for clients and health care
Pacific Blue Cross was selected in a proposal process overseen by a multidisciplinary selection committee that included Allan Louis of the First Nations Health Council and Vanessa Charlong of the First Nations Health Directors Association.
Gallagher said partnering with Pacific Blue Cross will allow the FNHA to draw on the experience of a health benefits provider
that has a successful track record of working with both health care providers and clients.
are confident Pacific Blue Cross will be an excellent partner. It has a
comprehensive and effective health claims infrastructure
and it has demonstrated a collaborative approach as well as a strong
commitment to Cultural Safety and Humility.”
John Crawford, the President and CEO of Pacific Blue Cross, said his
organization is excited to be part of an interconnected system evolving
to support the health and wellness needs of First Nations people across
BC’s largest health provider – serving one in three throughout the
province – Pacific Blue Cross is in a unique position to champion the
role of benefits in helping to achieve
healthy, self-determined communities,” he said. “We are humbled to join
the First Nations Health Authority in furthering a wholistic vision of
wellness. The success of this partnership is one that will have
reciprocal accountability, a recognition that our
work is rooted in collaboration, and a shared vision of improved
wellness for all our Members.”
At a signing ceremony held
today at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, the two CEOs signed
a declaration of commitment to cultural humility and cultural safety.
They also signed the five-year services agreement.
The first phase of the
benefits transition from Health Canada to the FNHA took place in October
2017 with the transfer of non-insured pharmacy benefits to PharmaCare
(Plan W – for Wellness). The second phase is expected
to take place in mid-September. Already, the FNHA and Pacific Blue
Cross have been carrying out a comprehensive consultation effort with
health regulators, individual health care providers, clients, and other
individuals and organizations involved with the
delivery of First Nations health care.
clients with questions about the benefits transition are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org.