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Posted by on Sep 2016 in All Stories, News Updates | 0 comments

Province phasing out paper drug cards for Ontario Drug Benefit Program

health-card-banner1366x605_0Starting in September 2016, people receiving social assistance will transition to using their Ontario Health Card instead of their paper drug card to access their drug coverage through the Ontario Drug Benefit program.

After December 2016, social assistance clients will no longer get a monthly paper drug eligibility card with their social assistance statement. Instead, they will use their Ontario Health Card only to access drug coverage through the Ontario Drug Benefit program.

For more information, view the flyer from Ontario’s Ministry of Community and Social Services.

What does this mean for housing providers?

To verify the number of beneficiaries in a household receiving social assistance, housing providers may request further confirmation from the local Ontario Works or ODSP office.

Housing providers may use the Request for Ontario Works or OW ODSP information request form to confirm the size of the benefit unit. The household takes this form to the local Ontario Works or ODSP office to request that it be completed.

A letter from the local Ontario Works or ODSP office can also be used to verify the size of the benefit unit. As a best practice, providers should give the household at least 10 days to return the documents.

Thank you to the Region of Durham, Housing Services Division for sharing this form.

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