Albertans are currently allowed to be out of the province for 6 months, after which they may lose their provincial health care coverage. Several other provinces have extended their out-of-province limits to 7 months. The following letter from The Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) is an update about their work to increase the limits for Alberta snowbirds. Links contained in the following letter provide more detailed information.
The CSA would like to thank all members who participated in our Call to Action.The CSA has been copied on over 750 of your letters and emails sent to the Premier, Ministers and MLAs to extend out-of-country vacation health coverage from 6 to 7 months.
We recently received a letter from Premier Redford stating “my government believes that its policies are fair and flexible, and as such, is not considering changes to its policies at this time.”
Premier Redford’s letter can be accessed here.
While we are very disappointed with Premier Redford’s response, the CSA is having an exceptional year in advocacy which has only been achieved by working in co-operation with provincial governments and our members across Canada. Our recent success, in British Columbia and Manitoba, was only made possible through open lines of communication with government representatives.
If you are also disappointed, we ask that you let the Premier, Minister of Health and your local MLA know by contacting them directly. We ask that you please copy the CSA on all correspondence.
In addition, we have also attached our “Extending Health Coverage in Alberta” fact sheet. This document contains an updated provincial comparison and information related to our request.
Updates on our Alberta initiative will continue to be communicated via email and our website,www.Snowbirds.org
Update: The CSA has recently been contacted by the Minister of Health’s office and a meeting has been scheduled for October 9. We will notify you on the outcome of this meeting.
Bob Slack, President and Rick Thorpe, Director – Western Canada
The Canadian Snowbird Association
The Voice of Travelling Canadians
Update: See Part 3 of this issue here.