Temporary Premium Assistance

You can apply to have your Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums temporarily waived if you can show that:

  • You are a B.C. resident
  • You are unable to pay MSP premiums because of financial hardship
  • Your financial situation unexpectedly changed within the last 12 months (e.g. illness, disability or job loss). To qualify, you must demonstrate financial hardship and that you could not have reasonably budgeted to pay premiums.

Financial situations that do not qualify: The following circumstances do not qualify for Temporary Premium Assistance:

  • Quitting a job (unless it’s considered justifiable by Employment Insurance)
  • Being dismissed for just cause (unless it’s considered justifiable by Employment Insurance)
  • Taking a leave of absence
  • Seasonal employment
  • Contract employment
  • Self-employment
  • Marital breakdown
  • Maternity or parental leave
  • Being a student (unless returning to school after being laid off or enrolled through a government-sponsored program)
  • Retirement (unless forced into retirement because of illness or layoff)
  • A reduction in work hours by request

Covered by your employer? If your MSP premiums were paid as part of a group plan by your employer, you will need to wait until you are no longer on the group plan before you can apply for Temporary Premium Assistance.

Apply for Temporary Premium Assistance

Eligibility for Regular Premium Assistance must be determined prior to applying for Temporary Premium Assistance. Check your eligibility in the Regular Premium Assistance section.

To apply for Temporary Premium Assistance, complete and mail the following application form:

Submit the completed application form along with the required documentation outlined in the form, or as requested by Health Insurance BC (HIBC). It’s vital to include copies of a Notice of Assessment or Reassessment from Canada Revenue Agency for you (and your spouse).

Mail completed form to:

Health Insurance BC
Medical Services Plan
PO Box 9627 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC   V8W 9P1

Note: You will continue to receive billing notices while you are waiting for your application to be processed. If you have not received a written response within 60 days, please contact HIBC.