Changes to ODSP/ACSD Drug Benefits as of December 1st, 2016
From the ODSP website, http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/PaperlessDrugCard.aspx
Drug coverage and your Ontario health card
Please note: Drug and other benefit coverage for social assistance clients is not changing.
Making it Easier
As of December 1, 2016, you will stop receiving a paper drug eligibility card with your monthly statement of assistance.
Going forward, you and each of your family members can use your Ontario health cards, instead of the paper drug card, to access prescription drug coverage under the Ontario Drug Benefit program.
If you aren't eligible for an Ontario health card, you will continue to get a monthly paper drug card until you do become eligible.
To ease this transition, you will be able use your November 2016
paper drug card at your pharmacy as proof of eligibility for December.
Making the change
The switch from the paper drug card to the Ontario health card applies to clients of these programs:
- Ontario Works municipalities and DSSABs, including M'Chigeeng First Nation Ontario Works and Temporary Care Assistance (TCA)
At your pharmacy
When you show your health card at the pharmacy, let your pharmacist or pharmacy staff know which program plan you're on:
Eye exams and physiotherapy
Until now, your monthly paper drug card was used as proof of social assistance eligibility for routine eye exams and physiotherapy.
Going forward, you can present your monthly statement of assistance to these service providers. If your name is not listed on the statement of assistance, the person providing you with the service should call the Social Assistance Verification Helpline to verify that you are eligible.
Getting a health card
Find out how to get an Ontario health card by visiting your nearest ServiceOntario office or calling the ServiceOntario INFOline:
TTY Toll-free: 1-800-387-5559