First Nation and Inuit Health Benefits (NIHB Program)


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If you are a First Nations and/or Inuit person, you may be eligible for vision care, dental care, medication, medical supplies, counselling, and more.

The first thing to do is to figure out if you're eligible for a Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) card from the federal government.

“The way you get them is you have to fill out another grown up application!” says Calgary caseworker Ashlee Homewood, “You’ve got to stick your name on it and you've got to send it in and get your photo taken. There's all of these pieces that have to happen. But it's really important because that number and that card gets you a lot of your medications covered.”

This number really adds up

Having this card saves money for First Nations and Inuit young adults. If you need to pick up a prescription, instead of you having to pay for it, just show them your card. Even if you forget your card, make sure you know the number and most times that will be enough to get covered.

“That number is the most important part. You can have the number and not have a card and you can still get coverage" says Ashlee, "So this number is something you take to the pharmacy. If it's thirty bucks for this medication, now it's free for you. That's keeping your medicines cheaper, your glasses covered, your dental, all that stuff, as long as you get this number.”

Learn more below or talk to your caseworker or a support person you trust about the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program.

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