BC Healthy Kids Program

/BC Healthy Kids Program
BC Healthy Kids Program2017-02-24T11:08:04+00:00

Program Description

The BC Healthy Kids Program helps low income families with the costs of basic dental care and prescription eye wear for their children.

Who can use this program?

Eligible clients include dependent children under 19 years of age who receive Medical Services Plan (MSP) premium assistance through the Ministry of Health.

How do I use this program? Do I need a referral?

Families who have been approved for MSP premium assistance will be signed up with the program. Coverage begins at the start of the next month. No additional application form is needed to register. For information on how to apply for MSP, contact the Ministry of Health at: 604-683-7151 or toll free at: 1-800-663-7100. Information is also available from the Health Insurance BC website at: www.health.gov.bc.ca/ insurance/index.html.

To use services under the BC Healthy Kids Program you will need to show your child’s BC CareCard or BC Services Card to the dental office or optical provider. Your dental office or optical provider will confirm coverage with the program contractor before each appointment.

What services are offered?

What does the BC Healthy Kids Program cover?

Dental – Children are eligible for $1400 of basic dental services every two years. This coverage includes services such as exams, x-rays, fillings, cleanings and extractions. Your dentist can advise you of other services that may be covered. Emergency dental treatment is also available if the child’s biennial limit has been reached. Emergency treatment is only available for the immediate relief of pain.

Optical – Children are eligible for prescription eyeglasses (lenses and basic frames) once in a twelve-month period. All prescriptions must be current and meet the program criteria. Further information is available from your optical provider. Children’s eye examinations are covered by MSP. The BC Healthy Kids Program does not cover orthodontic treatment and/or contact lenses.

Before treatment begins, confirm that your dentist or optical provider offers services under the BC Healthy Kids Program. The BC Healthy Kids Program does not keep a list of participating dental/optical providers. It is the responsibility of the parent to find a dentist or optical provider who is accepting children covered by the BC Healthy Kids Program.

Get in Touch

Please contact Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation for more information at 1-866-866-0800

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