Changes made to free med program in Ontario

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The previous government under Kathleen Wynne rolled out pharmacare on Jan. 1, 2018 which provided free meds for Ontario residents 24 and under- is now covering only those who don’t have existing prescription drug benefits.

But now the new PC government at Queen’s Park is tinkering with it and revising it in parts. Going forward “children and youth not covered by private benefits would continue to receive their eligible prescriptions for free. However, those who are covered by private plans would bill those plans first, with the government covering all remaining eligible costs of prescriptions.

The thinking is that since insurance plans cover thousands more drugs than the 4,400 currently available through OHIP+, children and youth would be better off using up the drugs offered under their private insurance plans first before going hitting up OHIP.

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Private insurers have previously given the government a grace period for some medications, which is set to expire on July 1.

The Liberals also extended pharmacare coverage to seniors, making prescription drugs free for Ontario residents ages 65 and over starting August 1, 2019.

Commonly prescribed drugs for cholesterol, hypertension, thyroid conditions, diabetes, and asthma were to be covered. No changes have made in these areas yet. -CINEWS

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