NB Health Coverage Extension

Release date : Jun 18, 2014

Dear Snowbirds,

The Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) is pleased to report that effective May 16, 2014, eligible residents of New Brunswick may now be absent from their home province for up to 212 days, for vacation and visiting purposes, and still retain their Medicare coverage. The increase will provide New Brunswickers with an additional month of coverage, up from the previous limit of 182 days.

In conjunction with an effective letter writing campaign by our New Brunswick members, we have been working closely with the New Brunswick Minister of Health, Ted Flemming, Q.C., who reiterated in the Legislative Assembly that this is a revenue neutral change for the province. The CSA would like to thank Premier David Alward, the Honourable Ted Flemming, Q.C., Minister of Health, and Deputy Speaker Carl Urquhart, MLA for approving our request in a timely manner.

This additional month will mean that New Brunswickers will now be able to visit friends and family members outside of the province, after returning from their winter vacation, without fear of losing their provincial health coverage. It is important to note that under current U.S. policy, eligible Canadian citizens are generally admitted into the United States for a period of "six months less a day" which is calculated within any twelve month period.

If you have any questions or comments related to the announcement, please contact the CSA office toll-free at 1-800-265-3200 or email us at csastaff@snowbirds.org.

Sincerely,

Bob Slack, President
Ron Steeves, 2nd Vice-President and Director – Atlantic Canada

“The Voice of Travelling Canadians”