Financial supports: Health Benefits

Financial supports for your health and well-being:

Special Needs Assistance for Seniors provides a lump-sum payment to assist eligible seniors with the cost of appliances and specific health and personal supports. In general a single senior with a total annual income of $28,150 or less, or a senior couple with a total combined annual income of $45,720 or less, may be eligible to receive assistance.

Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors provides basic dental coverage and optical assistance to a set amount, based on your total annual income. In general, single seniors with a total annual income of $31,675 or less, or a senior couple with a total combined annual income of $63,350 or less, may be eligible.

The Alberta Aids to Daily Living program assists Albertans with a long-term disability, chronic illness or terminal illness, in maintaining independence in their community. AADL provides funding for basic medical equipment and supplies to meet needs as clinically assessed by a health care professional. The program includes hearing aids.

The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan covers all eligible Albertans for insured hospital and physician services in Alberta. This is generally what is meant by “universal health care”. Health care is available to eligible Albertans but not all services are cost free to the user.

Alberta Blue Cross Coverage for Seniors provides premium -free assistance for health-related services not covered by the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan. Benefits for seniors include help with the cost of prescription drugs, diabetic supplies, ambulance services, clinical psychological services, home nursing care and chiropractic services. Coverage is not necessarily full (you pay a portion of the cost) and there are maximums to coverage.