Out-of-Province Health Coverage Extended for Snowbirds
Health Minister Dustin Duncan today announced Saskatchewan will amend regulations to increase the amount of time residents are allowed to be out-of-province while still maintaining their health care benefits. Residents will now be able to maintain health coverage after spending a maximum of seven months outside of Saskatchewan.
Currently, residents are only allowed to be absent for a maximum of six months over any 12 month period before their health benefits are discontinued. The new policy will take effect January 1, 2016.
“Our government is pleased to make this change,” Duncan said. “Many Saskatchewan residents have asked for this increased coverage, and will now have a little more time be able to enjoy their travel outside the province.”
The regulatory change will bring Saskatchewan into alignment with many Canadian jurisdictions, including British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Northwest Territories.
“We’re thrilled with this additional month that Saskatchewan residents can now be out of province and still keep their health benefits,” Canadian Snowbird Association Director for Central Canada John Foster said. “On behalf of our members, I would like to thank the government for making this extension a reality.”
Coverage will not be retroactive. For Saskatchewan residents who leave the province on or before December 31, 2015, the current six month maximum will apply.
If Saskatchewan residents plan to travel outside the country, they are strongly encouraged to get additional medical insurance.