Progressive lenses to be reimbursed up to $100 for select groups


Progressive lenses will now be partly covered for seniors and Indigenous patients in the NWT. The announcement on Tuesday was a surprise.

Health Minister Glen Abernethy declared at the legislative assembly that he asked his department to draft up a letter to the MLAs letting them know that progressive lenses will be now covered.

The change applies to two groups of people covered under Health Canada’s Non-insured Health Benefits program and under the NWT’s Supplementary Health Benefits system.

NIHB covers First Nations and Inuit patients that does not have insurance. The Supplementary Health Benefits system covers people aged 60 or more and Metis residents who are not covered.

Patients will be reimbursed up to 100 dollars.

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