Medical Transportation Benefit

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About this Benefit​  • What My Plan Covers • Meal Rates • COVID-19 Support • How Do I Access Coverage? • Escorts • What My Plan Does Not Cover • Appeals • Client Forms
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​Meal​ Rate Increase

To better support the Medical Transportation (MT) benefit, First Nations Health Benefits and Services (FNHBS) is increasing meal rates for clients who are travelling for medical appointments.

FNHBS is committed to improving the quality and responsiveness of its programs and services to support First Nations people in their health and wellness journeys. Our goal is to ensure everyone has access to healthy food options when traveling outside of their home communities for medical care. Learn ​​M​ore​.

Temporary Mileage​ Rate Increase

As gas prices across British Columbia continue to change, First Nations Health Benefits and Services is actively monitoring prices to ensure that changes do not impact clients' ability to access medically-necessary appointments when using their private vehicles. 

The temporary Medical Transportation mileage rate of $0.29/km will be extended until March 31, 2023. Learn More​.

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About this B​​enefit

For many First Nations people, especially those living in rural or remote areas, it can be challenging to access necessary medical care. Health Benefits offers supports to help with these challenges through the medical transportation (MT) benefit.

Health Benefits works with First Nations communities to deliver the MT benefit. Community Patient Travel Clerks or FNHA Assessors are your connections to help you access your MT benefits.

What My Plan Covers

Your MT benefits provide assistance with the cost of meals, accommodation and transportation to help you travel to a medical appointment outside your community of residence. MT coverage is intended as a supplement and may not cover the full cost of your travel.

You can access medical transportation benefits if you are traveling to:

  • medical services covered by MSP or a public health agency
  • services ​eligible under the Health Benefits Program (e.g., dental, vision, etc.)
  • traditional healers
  • treatment at an FNHA funded facility for substance use (formerly NNADAP)

MT benefits covers travel to the closes​t appropriate provider, using the most efficient and economical type of transportation appropriate for your needs and medical condition. 

Meal Rates

Meal Rates for Medical Transportation increased on October 3​:

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Current Rate

​New Rate

Effective Oct. 3, 2022

Daily rate for same-day travel over six hours$15.10 per client$16.00 per client

 

Nightly rate for short-term travel​

(up to six nights)

 

$60.00 per night per client, five years of age and older$64.00 per night per client, five years of age and older
$25.00 per night per client, under five years of age$27.00 per night per client, under five years of age

Weekly rate for long-term travel

(seven nights or more)

$236.00 per week, inclusive of client and escort$260.00 per week, inclusive of client and escort

COVID-19 Isolation Support

Meal and Accommodation Supports for Self-isolation Related to COVID-19

Effective October 17, 2022 meal support will only be available on an exception basis for Status and Status eligible First Nations people.

Please visit our Covid 19 Support guide for eligibility requirements: https://www.fnha.ca/Documents/FNHA-COVID-19-Community-Support-Guide.pdf

To learn more about this change please visit https://www.fnha.ca/about/news-and-events/news/an-update-to-fnhas-covid-19-isolation-supports

How Do I Acce​​ss Coverage?

Most clients should contact their community’s Patient Travel Clerk to access medical transportation benefits. If your community does not have a Patient Travel Clerk or you do not know who to contact, call Health Benefits at 1-855-550-5454.​

1. Submit a Medical Transportation Request Form​ at least 5 business days before your trip to get prior approval before travelling. You will also need to submit written confirmation of your appointment from your provider. If you do not get prior approval for your trip, or if you do not submit your request form ahead of time, you may have to reschedule your appointment or pay for your travel costs yourself and then request reimbursement. 

2. Your community Patient Travel Clerk​ makes you travel arrangement and sends you the details. 

3. Attend your appointment as scheduled.

4. After your trip, submit a written confirmation of attendance. You must provide confirmation from your provider that you attended your appointment. If you need to request reimbursement, you will need to submit your written COA with your request. Clients who do not attend their appointment may be asked to pay back the cost of their travel.

If you have any questions about your medical transportation benefits, how to access coverage, or why a claim was denied, call Health Benefits at 1-855-550-5454.

Esco​rts

If you need someone to accompany you on your trip to your appointment, you may be eligible to travel with an escort. Escorts are covered under certain conditions, including if you: 

  • are a minor​
  • need help with activities of daily living (eg, dressing, eating, or bathing)
  • are undergoing a medical procedure (eg, day surgery) or have a medical condition that means you need help to get home
  • will face a language barrier
  • ​are travelling to give birth

You may be asked to provide documentation from your health care provider​​​​ to show you need an escort.

What My Plan Does Not ​Cover

Some types of travel are Exclusions. Exclusions cannot be covered as an exception and cannot be appealed. MT benefit Exclusions include, but are not limited to:

  • compassionate travel (eg, travelling to visit a family member who is receiving medical treatment)
  • payment of fees for a doctor’s note
  • travel back to your community of residence if you became sick or injured while away from home
  • travel when the medically-necessary service is available in your community
  • travel to access medical appointments located outside of Canada
  • travel to access services that are not considered medically necessary
  • travel where the only purpose is to pick up items that do not need to be fitted (eg, prescriptions, prescription glasses or contacts and some medical supplies and equipment).

You can call Health Benefits at 1-855-550-5454 to learn more about what is covered. 

Appeal​s

When a coverage request for travel has been denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. Items and services that are Exclusions cannot be appealed. See the Appeals page for more information about the appeals process.

Client Forms

The forms below are for clients whose travel is being arranged by Health Benefits. If a Patient Travel clerk is arranging your travel contact them for the appropriate forms.  

Medical Transportation Check List
Medical Transportation Request Form
Medical Transportation Confirmation of Appointment Form
Medical Transportation Escort Form
Medical Transportation Confirmation of Attendance Form

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