Non-Insured Health Benefits

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In order to ensure adequate health care is provided to as many people as possible, we have developed a plan in association with Health Canada.

The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program is a national program that pays for some or all of the costs of medical, dental, and pharmacy services that are NOT covered by other health plans for eligible First Nations and Inuit.

For Nunatsiavut beneficiaries, this means the NIHB is intended to supplement the benefits provided by provincial/territorial health plans, private insurance plans, and the Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment.  Beneficiaries must use other available health plans and insurance options before they can access NIHB.

The Department of Health and Social Development (DHSD) administers the NIHB on behalf of the First Nations, Inuit, and Aboriginal Health Branch of Health Canada.  The DHSD has adopted Health Canada’s policies which help to guide the benefits that are provided; with standardization and evidence-based support from Health Canada.  If you would like more information about Health Canada’s NIHB policies and responsibilities for the NIHB program, please visit their website.

The DHSD manages all aspects of the NIHB program for Labrador Inuit.  This includes billing for dental and prescription drug services, administered by the regional NIHB office.  The new system is supported by staff training and it enables the DHSD to closely examine and monitor areas of spending and plan for programs and services, identifying where health initiatives need to focus.

The DHSD constantly reviews program spending to ensure fairness, cost-effectiveness, and accountability and to make changes to benefits if necessary.  However, any significant changes to NIHB that impact clients require Nunatsiavut Assembly approval.

Our goal is to ensure that Labrador Inuit will receive the best benefits possible under the NIHB framework.

NIHB provided coverage falls into these categories:

  • Medical Transportation – This includes air and ground travel, accommodations, and meals for approved patients who need to travel for medical services, along with escorts if patients are unable to travel alone;
  • Interpreter/Translator Services – Services that are required to ensure client access to health services and care providers;
  • Vision Care – This includes eye exams, glasses, and contacts, if medically required;
  • Prescription Drugs – These are only prescribed drugs that are included on NIHB’s approved drug list;
  • Medical Supplies and Equipment – This includes a wide range of items such as wheelchairs, walkers, glucometers, prosthetics, orthotics, and personal care needs;
  • Dental Care – This includes exams and treatment needed according to an approved treatment plan.

To find out about specific benefits under each category, and the procedures for accessing them, contact the regional NIHB office (1-866-606-9750) or your local DHSD community office.