How do I get an Alberta Health Benefit Plan (for Low Income)?

Low income individuals and immigrant families living in Calgary are encouraged to apply for health benefit support through the Alberta Adult Health Benefit Plan and Alberta Child Health Benefit Plan. These two programs provide financial support for the high cost of medicine and help adults and children living on a limited income with their frequent medical needs.

How do I get Alberta Health Benefits?

Alberta Adult Health
The Alberta Adult Health Benefit Plan provides help with many services for individuals and families with limited incomes and children up to the age of 18 (or 20 if they live at home and are attending high school). There is no fee to sign up.
  • Dental: services like extractions or filling. The plan also covers some additional services like cleanings and examinations (once per year).
  • Eyewear: An eye exam and eyeglasses for adults every 2 years, and new glasses for dependants up to 18 years once per year.
  • Prescription Drugs: Some over-the-counter drugs, such as prenatal vitamins. You can ask your family doctor or local pharmacy for a list of what medicine your Health Benefit Plan covers.
  • Other: Ambulance trips to hospitals and diabetic supplies are also covered.
Alberta Child Health
The Alberta Child Health Benefit Plan provides larger support for children up to the age of 18 (or 20 if they live at home and are attending high school). There is no fee to sign up.
  • Dental: exams, teeth cleanings, x-rays, and fillings and extractions are covered.
  • Eyewear: Children are eligible to receive a new pair of glasses, or one repair, each year.
  • Prescription Drugs: Many over-the-counter products, such as children’s vitamins are covered. You can ask your family doctor or local pharmacy for a list of what medicine your Health Benefit Plan covers.
  • Other: Ambulance trips to hospitals and diabetic supplies are also covered.

To qualify for the Alberta Adult or Child Health Benefit Plan you must:

  • live in Alberta
  • be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status in Canada
  • not be receiving health benefits from other government programs
  • count as an eligible person
  • meet the income guidelines
Eligibility

You may be eligible for an Alberta Adult Health Benefit Plan if you:

  • are pregnant
  • have high ongoing prescription drug needs
  • are a refugee or refugee claimant who is not receiving health benefits from any other source
  • are leaving the Income Support or Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) programs due to excess income from employment, self-employment or Canada Pension Plan Disability benefits

A child may be eligible for an Alberta Child Health Benefit Plan if their family meets the income requirement.

Income

Your total net household income must fall below these maximum income guidelines based on family size.

There are 5 Alberta Works offices in Calgary that can help with your application for the Alberta Health Benefit Plan. Each office is open Monday to Friday from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (these offices are closed for statutory holidays).

Calgary Central Offices
  • Century Park Place Alberta Supports Centre
    • Phone: 1-877-644-9992
    • 5th Floor Century Park Place. 855-8 Avenue SW. Calgary AB T2P 3P1
  • Lancore Alberta Supports Centre
    • Phone: 403-297-2094
    • 3rd Floor Lancer Building. 1021-10 Avenue SW. Calgary AB T2R 0B7
  • Westland Alberta Supports Centre
    • Phone: 403-297-1907
    • Main Floor Westland Professional Centre. 2752 Sunridge Way NE. Calgary AB T1Y 0A5
Calgary North Offices
  • One Executive Place Alberta Supports Centre
    • Phone: 403-297-7200
    • One Executive Place. 1816 Crowchild Trail NW. Calgary AB T2M 3Y7
Calgary South Offices
  • Fisher Park Alberta Supports Centre
    • Phone: 403-297-2020
    • 100 Fisher Park II. 6712 Fisher Street SE. Calgary AB T2H 2A7

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