The Government of Saskatchewan stated it has created supports to assist Ukrainians coming to live in Saskatchewan, with Ukrainians now able to ensure quick and easy access to health care coverage services and supports.
The province made amendments to The Medical Care Insurance Beneficiary and Administration Regulations to allow health coverage for those forced to flee Ukraine due to the war.
The amendment is effective back to January 1. It allows families that have arrived under the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) program to receive a Saskatchewan Health card for the duration of their immigration. The back-dating is to ensure those who may have already left Ukraine and arrived here before the Russian invasion of February 24, 2022, are eligible for health benefits.
"We have all been deeply moved by the brutality of this war and the devastation Ukrainians have faced being uprooted from their homes," Health Minister Paul Merriman said. "We want everyone coming to our province to find a safe, compassionate and supportive place."
eHealth Saskatchewan, the agency responsible for health registration, has created a dedicated intake program for Ukrainians to assist with receiving their health card, stated the Government. After the application is processed, a letter is sent confirming health coverage details and can be used to obtain health services until the health card arrives in the mail.
Details on the health card application can be found here.