Alberta

Alberta Adult Health Benefit

Easy application

Tax filing required

The Alberta Adult Health Benefit provides coverage for dental care, prescription drugs and other healthcare costs if you are low-income and are pregnant or have high ongoing prescription drug needs. You are also eligible if you are leaving the Income Support or Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) programs.

This program provides covers health benefits for Albertans living in low-income who are pregnant or have high ongoing prescription drug needs. This program also covers children who are 18 or 19 years old and living at home.

This program provides coverage for:

  • Dental care.
  • Prescription drugs.
  • Eye exams and glasses.
  • Essential diabetic supplies.
  • Emergency ambulance services.
  • Essential over-the-counter medication.

The amount you receive will depend on how many dependent children live in your household. You can receive a maximum of $16,580 (single adult) in coverage and a maximum of $46,932 (couples with four children).

You may be eligible if you:

  • Are pregnant.
  • Have high ongoing prescription drug needs.
  • Are leaving the Income Support or Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) programs due to excess income from employment, self-employment of CPP-D benefits.

To be eligible for the Alberta Adult Health Benefit, you and members of your family must:

  • Live in Alberta.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status in Canada.
  • Not be receiving health benefits from other government programs.
  • Your total net household income must also fall below the maximum income guidelines based on family size to be eligible. These guidelines can be found here.

Health card

  • valid health card with no photo, name and address
  • valid health card with photo, name and address
  • MCP (Medical Care Plan) number - Valid ambulance/dental services card
  • Department of Immigration, Skills and Labour identification number
  • Department of Immigration, Skills and Labour file number (Income Support Card).

To begin your application, fill out the following application form: Alberta Adult Health Benefit Application.

Once you have completed the application, you will need to submit it by mailing it to the following address:

Health Benefits Contact Centre
PO Box 2222 Station Main
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 5H3

If you have any questions, please contact the office by phone at 780-427-6848 or 1-877-469-5437.

If you are leaving the Income Support or AISH program, please speak to your case worker.

If you are approved for the Alberta Adult Health Benefit you will receive a health benefit card in the mail. The card will list the names of all eligible family members and their identification numbers.

You will be automatically enrolled in the Alberta Adult Health Benefit each year if your income level stays at the qualifying level. The program will confirm your income with the Canada Revenue Agency each year in June.

Last updated: February 27, 2021