Ontario Temporary Health Program (OTHP) Announced, effective Jan. 1, 2014

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The Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC) has advised the IDCA of changes to the Ontario Temporary Health Program that will come in to effect January 1, 2014.

The new program will provide short-term primary and acute care, as well as some medication coverage to select refugee claimant groups no longer covered by the Interim Federal Health Program or other government programs. To administer the program, the Ministry will be working with Medavie Blue Cross, a third party provider.

In the near future, the IDCA will be invited to participate in an upcoming conference call for more information. Medavie Blue Cross will be sending detailed information to providers who previously submitted claims through the federal program. This will be distributed initially through the IDCA, followed by a hard copy via the mail.

The IDCA will continue to keep its members informed as more information becomes available.

Below is the initial communique to the IDCA, and the MOHLTC news release and backgrounder.

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