Updating or Changing Your Coverage Information
It is important that you keep your family information up to date. Your family membership also affects your level of coverage. This is because
- each member of your family must be registered with Fair PharmaCare before their prescription costs will be covered
- changes in your family membership may require an adjustment to your level of coverage
Contact Health Insurance BC as soon as possible after
- you marry or enter into a marriage-like relationship
- you have a new baby or adopt a child
- you gain primary (51% or more) custody of a child from a previous marriage or relationship
- you separate or divorce
- your spouse dies *
- your spouse becomes a resident in a licensed long-term care facility *
- your child is no longer considered a dependent by the Medical Services Plan (your child can remain covered by asking us to set up separate Fair PharmaCare coverage for them)
* In these cases, you may be eligible for increased assistance. Please see Fair PharmaCare Increased Assistance and Payment Options for more information.
In some circumstances, your income-based Fair PharmaCare coverage may end. If you become eligible for coverage again, you can ask to have your coverage reinstated.
For instance, your coverage may have ended because:
- you did not return a consent form authorizing PharmaCare to check your income with the Canada Revenue Agency or withdrew your consent;
- your deductible defaulted to $10,000 per family because we could not verify your income (if, for example, you did not file a tax return);
- your coverage ended because you left B.C. to live elsewhere; or
- you opted out of the B.C. Medical Services Plan.
In each case, coverage can be reinstated if you take the steps needed. This might mean filing a tax return, re-enrolling with the B.C. Medical Services Plan or providing your consent for PharmaCare to check your income with the Canada Revenue Agency. Contact Health Insurance BC to reinstate coverage.