Alberta Adult Health Benefit
The Alberta Adult Health Benefit program supports Albertans in low income to ensure they have access to prescription drugs, dental services, optical services, emergency ambulance and diabetic supplies that are essential to health and well-being. Knowing your health and your family’s health is cared for will bring peace of mind.
Signing up is easy. Fill out one form and mail it in. Open the questions below for more information or contact us.
What Is The Alberta Adult Health Benefit Plan?
The Alberta Adult Health Benefit plan pays for health services, such as eyeglasses, prescription drugs and dental care that are not available through standard Alberta Health Care Insurance. The health benefit plan is for individuals and families with limited incomes. It includes children up to age 18, and up to age 20 if they live at home and are attending high school. There are no fees to sign up.
What Services Are Paid For By The Alberta Adult Health Benefit Plan?
The Alberta Adult Health Benefit plan pays for:
- Basic services like extractions and fillings
- Some additional services like teeth cleaning and annual examinations are also covered.
- An eye exam and eyeglasses for adults every 2 years
- Eyeglasses each year for dependants up to 18 years of age
- Many prescription drugs are paid for by this health plan. Some over-the-counter products, such as prenatal vitamins and children’s vitamins are also provided. Your family doctor or pharmacist has a list of what is covered under this health benefit plan.
- Emergency ambulance trips to the nearest hospital
- Diabetic supplies such as injection supplies, testing strips, lancets and penlets
Talk to your doctor, dentist, optician or pharmacist to learn what is paid for by this health benefit plan.
Who Qualifies For The Alberta Adult Health Benefit Plan?
You and your family may qualify for the AAHB if:
- You are pregnant and you have limited income
- You have high ongoing prescription drug needs, and limited income
- You leave Income Support and you have income from employment, self-employment, or the Canada Pension Plan Disability program
- You leave Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) and you have income from employment, self-employment, or the Canada Pension Plan Disability program.
Families must also qualify by income
If you are a single individual, you qualify for AAHB if your income is under $16,580. If you have a spouse or partner, of if you have children, your income can be higher.
Maximum Qualifying Income
(effective July 1, 2015)
Single parent with 1 child
Single parent with 2 children
Single parent with 3 children
Single parent with 4 children*
Couple with no children
Couple with 1 child
Couple with 2 children
Couple with 3 children
Couple with 4 children*
*For each additional child add $4,973
How do I figure out my income?
You can calculate your income by looking at your last income tax return.
- Look at Line 236 to find out your basic income.
- Add any child support you receive, which is on Line 156.
- Subtract the amount you were taxed, which is on Line 128.
The amount left is your income. If you have trouble calculating your income, contact us.
If your income or circumstances have changed significantly in the last year or if someone in your household has high health costs, exceptions may be made. Contact us to talk about your options.
Individuals and families qualify if they live in Alberta
To receive health benefits, you and members of your family must live in Alberta and be Canadian citizens or have permanent residence status in Canada, and must not be receiving health benefits from other government programs.
Refugees and refugee claimants who are not receiving health benefits from any other source may also apply for this program.
How Long Does The Alberta Adult Health Benefit Plan Pay For Services?
Every June, the Alberta government will confirm that your household income is under the qualifying income level for your family size. If it is, your household will be automatically enrolled for another year. Children 18 and 19 years old must be still living at home and attending high school (up to grade 12).
Who Is Not Eligible For The Alberta Adult Health Benefit Plan?
Some individuals and families in Alberta already have health services paid for through other government programs and do not need the Alberta Adult Health Benefit plan. These government programs include:
How Do I Sign Up?
Signing up is easy.
If you leave Income Support or AISH and you have income from employment, self-employment or the Canada Pension Plan Disability program, speak to your worker about enrollment.
If you are pregnant, or have high ongoing drug needs, just fill out the application form and mail it in.
The declaration section is important. By signing it, you are saying you understand everything in your application. The consent section is important because you are giving the Alberta government permission to get your income tax information from Canada Revenue Agency to verify your income. Your information will not be shared anywhere else for any other reason.
Health Benefits Contact Centre
PO Box 2222 Station Main
Edmonton, AB T5J 5H3
The Alberta Adult Health Benefit Card
If your application is approved, you will be sent an annual health benefits card in the mail once. The card will list the names of all eligible family members and their identification numbers. You need to show this card to your doctor, dentist, pharmacist, optician or ambulance attendant each time you or a family member receives a service paid for by the Alberta Adult Health Benefit plan.