Changes to Ontario’s OHIP + coming March 2019

Beginning March 2019, Ontario’s government will no longer cover prescriptions for children and young adults under the age of 25 with private coverage.

Children and youth who are not covered by private benefits will continue to receive their eligible prescriptions for free, a news release by Health Minister Christine Elliott said, while those covered by private plans will bill those insurers first and the government second. The program was previously open to all people under age 25, regardless of benefits.

Elliott said she looks forward to “working with insurance groups to ensure a smooth transition to this updated system.”

OHIP+, enacted by the previous Liberal government just last year, offered free prescription medication for Ontarians under the age of 25.

It covered the 4,400-plus drugs included in the Ontario Drug Benefit Program, which is used by seniors and those on social assistance.

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