Alberta Seniors Benefit Program
Are you a senior living in Alberta? Did you know that last year the Alberta Seniors Program provided $127 million in coverage for dental and optical benefits? Are you eligible to receive coverage?
In order to be eligible for seniors’ coverage you must be an eligible senior and apply for the seniors program.
Eligibility for a benefit is determined by:
– the type of accommodation ( type of residence),
– your marital status,
– age – 65 years of age or older (the month you apply)
– combined Income (spouse/ partner’s income regardless of their age),
– lived in Alberta for 3 months or more before applying, and
– federal OAS pension, (have lived in Canada for 10 years).
General eligibility for benefits is determined by annual income. For July 1, 2014 to July 30, 2015, a senior with an annual income of $26,200 or less is eligible. For senior couples the combined annual income is $42,500 or less. These income levels are guidelines and are for seniors whose income includes a full OAS pension.
You are eligible to apply for benefits the month of your 65th birthday. If you are new Alberta resident, you can receive benefits the month following three months of permanent residency. Benefits are retroactive for a period of up to 11 months prior to the date your application form is received by the Alberta Seniors Benefit.
You are no longer eligible to receive benefits if your permanent residence is outside of Alberta.
Applying for the Program
To apply for the program, download the Seniors Financial Assistance Application Form.
You only need to apply for the Alberta Seniors Benefit program once. If you have applied for the Alberta Seniors Benefit program and have been denied coverage, you can appeal the decision or re-apply if your eligibility requirements have changed. (If you moved to Alberta on May 15th, you are able to receive benefits on August 1st).
If you have any questions, contact our office at 403.771.3368 or book your Free Consultation. While we cannot apply for the Seniors Program on your hehalf, we are are able to help answer any questions you may have. Once you have applied for the program we can send a predetermination for your dentures to determine exactly how much coverage you have through the seniors program. Our Calgary Denture Experts are here to help you get the most out of your insurance coverage and seniors coverage.