January 1st is bringing a lot of changes for Ontario residents- one of them being the minimum wage increase, but also a new reform on our prescription medication policies for children and youth in the province. Starting on New Year's Day 2018, OHIP+ will come into effect for anyone in Ontario under the age of 25. They'll automatically be enrolled in a new pharmacare program that allows them access to 4,400 different drugs for free.
Medication that will be covered will include asthma inhalers, epi-pens, insulin, drugs to treat depression, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, antibiotics and oral contraceptives.
This also means that those who qualify for the program, won't be required to make a copayment or pay a dispensing fee like most other insurance policies do. You literally just walk into a pharmacy with a prescription and walk out with the medication you need.
The only thing required to qualify for the program is an Ontario health card. To find how how to obtain a health card, go here. And for those turning 25 this year, you will automatically be unenrolled from the OHIP+ program on your birthday (hbd to you!).
In a press conference on Thursday, the premier stated that while the next few weeks will continue to see businesses and gatherings shuttered, Ontarians shouldn't lose hope for a normal July and August.
"My goal is to have the most normal July and August possible," he states. "Obviously, that won't mean large sporting events or concerts."
"But, if we manage the next few weeks properly, I believe that we can have things in a very good place this summer."
On top of this, the premier also states that they working on getting everyone vaccinated as quickly as possible, in order to reduce cases and lift restrictions.
"If we get the supply, we will work our backs off to have a two-dose summer, instead of a one-dose summer."