As of December 1, 2016, you will stop receiving a paper drug eligibility card with your monthly statement of assistance.
Going forward, you and each of your family members can use your Ontario health cards, instead of the paper drug card, to access prescription drug coverage under the Ontario Drug Benefit program.
If you aren't eligible for an Ontario health card, you will continue to get a monthly paper drug card until you do become eligible.
To ease this transition, you will be able use your November 2016
paper drug card at your pharmacy as proof of eligibility for December.
The switch from the paper drug card to the Ontario health card applies to clients of these programs:
When you show your health card at the pharmacy, let your pharmacist or pharmacy staff know which program plan you're on:
Until now, your monthly paper drug card was used as proof of social assistance eligibility for routine eye exams and physiotherapy.
Going forward, you can present your monthly statement of assistance to these service providers. If your name is not listed on the statement of assistance, the person providing you with the service should call the Social Assistance Verification Helpline to verify that you are eligible.
Find out how to get an Ontario health card by visiting your nearest ServiceOntario office or calling the ServiceOntario INFOline:
TTY Toll-free: 1-800-387-5559
You can also go to ontario.ca/healthcard for more information.