Alberta Child Health Benefit

Your kids deserve good health.

Get free eyeglasses, prescriptions and dental visits for your children through the Alberta Child Health Benefit plan. It helps pay health care bills for families with limited incomes. Knowing your children’s health is cared for will bring peace of mind.

Signing up is easy. Fill out one form and mail it in. See below for more information or contact us.


Show Answer What is the Alberta Child Health Benefit Plan?

The Alberta Child Health Benefit plan pays for health services, such as eyeglasses, prescription drugs and dental care, that are not available through standard Alberta Health Care Insurance. The health plan is for children up to age 18, and up to age 20 if they live at home and are attending high school up to grade 12. There are no fees to sign up.

The Alberta Child Health Benefit plan is for families with limited incomes. By signing up, parents can have peace of mind their children's health will be cared for without worrying about the cost.

Show Answer What services are paid for by the Alberta Child Health Benefit Plan?

The Alberta Child Health Benefit plan pays for:

Dental Care

  • Dental exams
  • Teeth cleaning
  • X-rays
  • Fillings and extractions

Eyewear

  • A new pair of glasses or one repair each year

Prescription Drugs

  • Many, but not all, prescription drugs are paid for by this health plan. Some over-the-counter products, such as children’s vitamins are also covered. Your family doctor has a list of what is free under this health plan.

Ambulance Services

  • Emergency ambulance trips to the nearest hospital

Diabetic Supplies

  • Diabetic supplies such as injection supplies, testing strips, lancets and penlets

If your child needs a service that is not on this list, you may still have to pay some of the expense. Talk to your doctor, dentist, optician or pharmacist if you are unsure whether a service is paid for by this health benefit plan.

Show Answer Who qualifies for the Alberta Child Health Benefit Plan?

Families qualify by income

If your family makes $24,397 or less per year, your child can be signed up. If you have more children, your income can be higher. Look at the table below:

Family Type

Maximum Qualifying Income
(effective August 1, 2008)

Single parent with 1 child

$24,397

Single parent with 2 children

$29,073

Single parent with 3 children

$34,056

Single parent with 4 children

$39,336

Couple with 1 child

$29,285

Couple with 2 children

$34,346

Couple with 3 children

$38,997

Couple with 4 children*

$44,000

*For each additional child, add $4,663

How do I figure out my income?

You can calculate your income by looking at your last income tax return.

  • Look at Line 236 to find out your basic income.
  • Add any child support you receive, which is on Line 156.
  • Subtract the amount you were taxed, which is on Line 128.

The amount left is your income. If you have trouble calculating your income, call us.

Exceptions

Sometimes your child can be signed up even if your income is higher than the amounts in the table above. If your income has dropped a lot in the last year or if your family has high health costs, exceptions can be made. Call us to talk about your options.

Families qualify if they live in Alberta

It does not matter what your immigrant or citizenship status is if your children were born in Canada they are eligible for the program. Dependent children of refugees who are not receiving health benefits from any other program are also eligible for this program.

Show Answer How long does the Alberta Child Health Benefit Plan pay for services?

Every June, the Alberta the Alberta government will confirm if your household income meets the qualifying income level for your family size. If it does, your child will be automatically enrolled each year until he or she turns 20, or until your income is greater than the qualifying income level. Children over 18 must be still living at home and attending high school (up to grade 12).

Show Answer What if my children have Health Care Coverage through another plan?

If your children get services through another health plan, you must use that plan first. The Alberta Child Health Benefit plan can cover your remaining costs. Talk to your doctor, dentist, optician or pharmacist about how this works.

Show Answer Who Is Not Eligible For The Alberta Child Health Benefit Plan?

Some families in Alberta already have health services paid for through other government programs. This means they do not need the Alberta Child Health Benefit plan. These government programs include:

  • Income Support
  • Alberta Adult Health Benefit
  • Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH)
  • Alberta Child Financial Support Program
  • Canadian government programs for people with Indian or Inuit status

Show Answer How do I sign up?

Signing up is easy. Just fill out one form and mail it in.

  1. Fill out the application form. Be sure to sign and date the sections marked My Declaration and Consent for Canada Revenue Agency.

    The declaration section is important. By signing it, you are saying you understand everything in your application. The consent section is important because you are giving the Alberta government permission to get your income tax information from Canada Revenue Agency to verify your income. Your information will not be shared anywhere else for any other reason.

  2. Mail your application form. A postage-paid envelope is usually provided. If you do not have this envelope, then send your form to:

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

The Alberta Child Health Benefit Card

If your application is accepted, you will be sent a card in the mail. The card will list each child's name and identification number. You need to show this card to your child’s doctor, dentist, pharmacist, optician or ambulance attendant each time you receive a service that is paid for by the Alberta Child Health Benefit plan.

Additional Information

Created: 2005-04-05
Modified: 2012-07-20
PID: 2076