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Non-insured health benefits for First Nations and Inuit:




The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program provides eligible First Nations and Inuit clients with coverage for a range of health benefits that are not covered through other:

  • social programs
  • private insurance plans
  • provincial or territorial health insurance

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible, a client must be a resident of Canada, and one of the following:

  • a First Nations person who is registered under the Indian Act (commonly referred to as a “Status Indian”)
  • an Inuk recognized by an Inuit land claim organization as outlined in Inuit client eligibility for the NIHB program
  • a child less than 2 years old whose parent is an NIHB-eligible client

To make sure that your child continues to be eligible for the program, you should apply as soon as possible for your child’s: Indian status or recognition from your Inuit land claim organization.

Eligible Expenses

The program provides coverage for the following medically necessary goods and services:

  • vision care
  • dental care
  • mental health counselling
  • medical supplies and equipment
  • prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • medical transportation to access medically required health services not available:
  • on reserve
  • in the community of residence

Deadline Date



Contact Name: NIHB regional office

Phone Number: 1-800-232-7301

E-mail Address:


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