Emergency coverage for Ukrainian (CUAET) arrivals

Last updated: Nov. 3, 2022

Prescribers and pharmacists can help people arriving in B.C. via the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) program get emergency drug coverage. Emergency coverage is available for first dispenses and through Plan G.

CUAET arrivals are covered by Plan C for one year as soon as they enrol in MSP.

If you are a newly arrived Ukrainian, go to Ukrainian (CUAET) arrivals and BC PharmaCare to learn about drug coverage.

On this page: Plan C coverage for first year | Emergency coverage of first dispense(s) | Instructions for prescribers | Instructions for pharmacies | Plan G | Exceptional coverage (patients without MSP) | Resources

Plan C coverage for first year

As of September 22, 2022, as soon as CUAET arrivals are enrolled in the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP), they are automatically covered by Plan C (Income Assistance) for one year.

For CUAET arrivals who enrolled in MSP between March 2022 and September 22, 2022, the year of Plan C coverage started on September 22, 2022.

Emergency coverage of first dispenses for CUAET arrivals

PharmaCare is offering CUAET arrivals fully covered first dispenses of any urgently needed medications. Patients do not need to be enrolled in MSP. Coverage is activated for 48 hours, so a person should fill all their prescriptions right away.

The coverage is available to Ukrainian nationals and their family members (of any nationality), including:

  • Spouse or common-law partner
  • Dependent child of the national or of their spouse/common-law partner, and
  • Dependent child of a dependent child

How it works

  1. The prescriber, who must be authorized and registered in Canada, completes the form HLTH 5408 - Emergency BC PharmaCare Coverage for Ukrainian Arrivals (PDF, 1MB) then gives the form to the patient.
  2. The patient presents the form at a pharmacy.
  3. The pharmacist creates a PHN, if needed, and calls HIBC to activate coverage.

Full instructions for prescribers and for pharmacies are provided below.


Instructions for prescribers

  • Complete the patient and prescriber information sections of the Emergency BC PharmaCare Coverage for Ukrainian Arrivals form
  • On the form you will attest by signature that the patient:
    • is a Ukrainian national or family member who arrived through CUAET, and
    • has an urgent need for prescribed medications
  • Give the form to the patient and instruct them to present it at the pharmacy with their prescription(s). Explain it is not a prescription, but documentation they are eligible for PharmaCare coverage

Important: To offer patients the best coverage, prescribe generic versions of medications. Emergency coverage is for medications in PharmaCare’s Plan C formulary (most PharmaCare benefits are covered by Plan C). To see if a drug is covered under Plan C, look it up in the PharmaCare Formulary Search and click on the PIN/DIN.

>> Resource: Emergency BC PharmaCare Coverage for Ukrainian Arrivals form


Instructions for pharmacies

When a Ukrainian national or family member provides the Emergency BC PharmaCare Coverage for Ukrainian Arrivals form along with a prescription:

  1. Assign them a PHN using the full name on the patient’s immigration document(s), unless they have already received a PHN from MSP. See Section 3.3 of the PharmaCare Policy Manual for instructions.
  2. Call HIBC’s PharmaNet Help Desk at 604-682-7120 (Lower Mainland) or 1-800-554-0225 (rest of B.C.)
  3. Advise HIBC that you have received the Emergency PharmaCare Coverage for Ukrainian Arrivals form and provide the new pharmacy-created PHN.
  4. HIBC will record the patient details and apply 48 hours of emergency Plan C coverage for the patient.
  5. Fill the prescription. If needed, adapt prescriptions to align with the Plan C formulary to avoid out-of-pocket costs. Any such adaptations are eligible for PharmaCare clinical service fees.
  6. Retain the form in your records with the associated prescriptions.

Plan G coverage for Ukrainian nationals

Prescribers may apply for exceptional Plan G coverage for Ukrainian nationals who need Plan G coverage, but do not yet have active MSP. Exceptional Plan G coverage is for up to 3 months. During this time, the patient must apply for MSP and regular Plan G for continued coverage.

Note: Exceptional Plan G coverage is available to all B.C. residents, not solely CUAET arrivals. CUAET arrivals are also eligible for bridge coverage (PDF) if they need coverage urgently after hours.

How to apply for exceptional coverage

  1. The prescriber must complete section E of the Plan G form, certifying that either:
  • The patient has applied for MSP and is waiting to be enrolled, OR
  • The patient understands they must apply for MSP as a condition of access to continued Plan G coverage
  1. The prescriber must also certify that they have advised the patient:
  • Exceptional Plan G coverage is provided for 3 months
  • There is no possibility of renewal or extension
  • The patient will not be eligible for regular Plan G coverage unless they apply for MSP

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