Eligibility for Health Benefits

Am I Eligible?
How Do I Enroll? 
How D​o I Enroll My Child?


​​​​​​Am I Eligible?​

The Health Benefits Program is available to First Nations people with Indian status who live in BC. The Health Benefits Program is also available to infants (up to 24 months) if at least one parent is eligible for the program. Some mental health services have different eligibility criteria (see Mental Health Benefit for more information). 

You are not eligible for Health Benefits if you have health insurance provided by the federal government, or by a First Nations organization as part of a self-government agreement with Canada. 

If you need to register for Indian status, or have questions related to Indian status eligibility, see How to apply for a status card on the Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) website. 

How D​o I Enroll?

If you are eligible for the Health Benefits Program, you must first enroll in the program to access benefits and coverage.

If you need to enroll for the first time, or you want to confirm that you are already enrolled, have your status number ready and call Health Benefits at 1-855-550-5454.

You may want to confirm your enrollment if you recently:

• moved to BC
• turned 19
• married or divorced
• had an employer pay MSP premiums on your behalf

If you are registering with Health Benefits for the first time, you may need to fill out two forms:

• Pacific Blue Cross Enrollment Application for Group Benefits  
• Medical Services Plan (MSP) Application for Enrollment

Please send the two forms to HealthBenefits@fnha.ca. 

How Do I Enroll my Child?

To enroll with Health Benefits your child needs a Personal Health Number (PHN) and an Indian Status Number. Once they have both, call Health Benefits to enroll them.

1. Register your child’s birth with BC within their first three months. Registering with the province confirms your child’s Personal Health Number (PHN). 

2. Register your child for Indian Status. Register your child for a status number with Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) as soon as possible. Processing times can take two years. 

3. Meanwhile, your child can be covered under your account. While you wait for your child's number, if your child has a PHN, they can be covered under your Health Benefits account until they are two years old.

4. Call Health Benefits. Once your child has their own status number, call us at 1-855-550-5454 to enroll them under their own account.

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 Contact Health Benefits

Phone (toll-free):
1-855-550-5​​454
Email:
healthbenefits@fnha.ca
Fax:
1-888-299-9222

Mailing Address
FNHA Health Benefits
#540 – 757 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1A1

In-Person Enquiries
Note: Currently closed to external guests
#701 – 1166 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 3Z3

Community Rela​​ti​​ons Team

Email: communityrelations@fnha.ca

Fraser Salish Region:
James Delorme 
Phone: 778-684-1886
Interior Region:
Joyce Kenoras
Phone: 250-318-6634
Northern Region:
Lindsey Larsen
Phone: 250-960-9201
Vancouver Coastal Region:
Jenny Smith
Phone: 604-693-6588
Vancouver Island Region:
Darrell Thorne
Phone: 778-689-0720​​​​​​​​​



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