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Interim Federal Health Program

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Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP)

The Interim Federal Health Program, funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), provides limited, temporary coverage of health-care benefits to protected persons, including resettled refugees, refugee claimants, persons detained under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and other specified groups who are not eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance plans and where a claim cannot be made under private health insurance.

The program helps protect public health and public safety and supports access to health care services by providing coverage to eligible individuals. The IFHP provides full coverage to all eligible beneficiaries, including Basic, Supplemental and Prescription Drug Coverage. For most groups of beneficiaries, the IFHP also covers the cost of one Immigration Medical Exam (IME).

The IFHP provides coverage to eligible beneficiaries, via a contracted claims administrator, through a network of registered health-care providers across Canada. Health-care providers are reimbursed directly for covered services rendered to eligible beneficiaries.

About Medavie Blue Cross

With roots back to 1943, Medavie Blue Cross is an industry leader that provides group and individual health, travel, life and disability benefits to more than one million Canadians. Medavie Blue Cross operates from major locations in Moncton, New Brunswick; Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Etobicoke, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec as well as six branch offices across the Atlantic Provinces. A member of the Canadian Association of Blue Cross Plans, Medavie Blue Cross is an independent not-for-profit company governed by a board of directors made up of representatives of the business and health care communities. Medavie Blue Cross administers various provincial government programs as well as a national contract on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada, the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and, with other Blue Cross plans, is one of the owners of Blue Cross Life Insurance Company of Canada. An innovative and progressive company, Medavie Blue Cross is dedicated to fulfilling its core purpose: Improving lives through our products and services, people and expertise.