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OHIP + Program

October 26, 2017 - The Ontario government budget released Thursday April 27, 2017 included, among other Health Care initiatives, free prescription medications for children and youth up to age 24 (inclusive). The program titled OHIP + is slated to begin January 1, 2018. More than 4,400 drugs will be covered under the OHIP + Program. All that will be required by the parent/guardian is to provide the pharmacist the child/youth’s Ontario health card number and the prescription. There will be no upfront cost.

In addition, the drugs included under the Exceptional Access Program, such as drugs to treat cancer and rare diseases will also be covered for children under the OHIP + Program. Should your child currently have a prescription for a drug(s) listed in the Exceptional Access Program or “Prior Authorization Drugs”, an application to the Ontario government for approval will be required in order to have any of these medications paid through the OHIP + Program. This process can take between three to four weeks normally, however with the increased number of applications with the upcoming change we suggest you immediately begin the process.
Details about the Exceptional Access Drugs as well as a complete list of covered drugs can be found at:  
As an Ontario resident covered under OHIP, should your our of pocket costs approach 4% of your family income, you should also be reviewing the Trillium Drug Program. Details of this Program can be found at:
The above referenced programs are available for Ontario residents only. Should you reside in another province, please feel free to contact the Matheis Team and we will answer any questions you have about your provincial specific program. 

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