Healthy Kids

Overview

The Healthy Kids Program provides basic dental and optical supplements to children in
low-income families, who are not in receipt of income assistance, disability assistance or hardship assistance.

Policy

Effective: April 8, 2009

The Healthy Kids Program provides basic dental treatment and optical care to children in low-income families. Children in families receiving any level of Medical Services Plan (MSP) premium assistance through the Ministry of Health are eligible for the Healthy Kids Program.

[For a brochure on the Healthy Kids Program, see Additional Resources.]

Where a family unit is receiving any level of MSP premium assistance, dental and optical services are provided in accordance with the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation’s fee-for-service schedules.

A family has the right to reconsideration of a denial of service under the Healthy Kids program through the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation’s Reconsideration and Appeal process.

 [For details of coverage, see Related Links – Optical Services and Dental and Orthodontic Services. For details of the Reconsideration and Appeal Process, see Reconsideration, and see Appeal.]

 Procedures

Effective:  December 1, 2003

Prior to treatment, parents should advise their dentist or optician to contact the ministry’s contracted insurance provider for confirmation that their children are covered under the Healthy Kids Program.

[For details of coverage, see Related Links – Optical Services and Dental and Orthodontic Services.]

Effective: April 8, 2009

If the applicant has been denied a service under the Healthy Kids Program, they may contact the Healthy Kids Program to request information.  [see Contacts]

[For details of the Reconsideration and Appeal Process, see Related Links – Reconsideration and Appeal.]

Authorities and Responsibilities

Effective:  April 8, 2009

Provincial Services Contact Centre is responsible for:

  • determining eligibility for dental and optical supplements

Reconsideration Branch is responsible for:

  • adjudicating requests for reconsideration

 Frequently Asked Questions

 

Question  Are children who are listed as dependants on their parent’s BCEA file eligible for dental and optical supplements through the Healthy Kids Program?  Or is the Healthy Kids Program solely for low-income families who are not on assistance?

Answer  The Healthy Kids Program is for children from low-income families when the family is not in receipt of assistance.  Children whose parents are in receipt of assistance are eligible for optical and dental supplements through their income assistance, hardship assistance, or disability assistance file.

 

Question  Are the same optical and dental supplements provided to children whose parents are on assistance and children from low-income families?

Answer  Yes.

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