Free Health Benefits for Children in Low-income Families

December 4, 2002

Free Health Benefits for Children in Low-income Families

The Alberta Child Health Benefit (ACHB) provides children in low-income families with free:

· Dental care
· Prescription drugs
· Eyewear
· Emergency ambulance services
· Essential diabetic supplies

More families are now eligible for coverage through the ACHB because of increased income eligibility levels, which took effect July 1, 2002. These income levels are associated with the number of children in the family:

· 1 child for family net income of $ 22,397
· 2 children, $ 24,397
· 3 children, $ 26,397
· 4 children, $ 28,397
· more than 4 children, add $ 2,000 for each additional child

Enrolment in the ACHB is free. Eligibility for the program is based on the family’s net income from their previous year’s Income Tax Notice of Assessment (line 236). Once their applications are approved, qualifying families receive ACHB benefit cards that allow them to access approved services and products directly from service providers at no cost.

To get an application form: