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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions

Am I required to register with MSP?
How do I register with MSP?
What are the current MSP premium rates?
How and where do I pay my MSP premiums?
What is Temporary Premium Assistance (TPA)? Who is eligible?
How do I apply for TPA?
What is Premium Assistance? How do I apply?
How do I add/remove family members from my MSP account?


Answers:

Am I required to register with MSP?

Yes. All residents of BC are required to enrol for health care benefits under MSP.

How do I register with MSP?

For general information about MSP and how to register, please see the Ministry of Health Services website (opens in new window).

What are the current MSP premium rates?

For information about MSP premium rates, please see the Ministry of Health Services website

How and where do I pay my MSP premiums?

There are several ways to pay your MSP premiums in British Columbia. Please see the Make a Payment section of our website for details.

What is Temporary Premium Assistance (TPA)? Who is eligible?

Temporary Premium Assistance (TPA) provides a short term period of MSP premium waver for qualifying individuals and families. It is designed to assist individuals and families who are not able to pay premiums due to sudden financial hardship for which they could not reasonably have budgeted. To be eligible for TPA, you must meet all of the following criteria:

You are a Canadian Citizen or a holder of a permanent resident status for the last 12 months;
You have resided in Canada for the last 12 months;
You are billed directly for your own MSP Premiums;
You (and your spouse, if applicable) have filed the previous year's Income Tax Return with the Canada Revenue Agency;
You are experiencing unexpected financial hardship for which you could not reasonably have budgeted;
The essential living cost for your household exceeds the total income of you and your spouse. Essential living cost does not include consumer debt or loan payments.

How do I apply for TPA?

To apply for TPA, please complete the TPA Form and mail it to:

Temporary Premium Assistance - MSP
PO BOX 9627 STN PROV GOVT
VICTORIA BC  V8W 9P1

Please allow 10 - 12 weeks for your application to be adjudicated.

What is Premium Assistance? How do I apply?


Premium Assistance is administered by the Ministry of Health Services, through Health Insurance BC (HIBC). If you would like to learn more about Premium Assistance eligibility, rates and how to apply, please visit the HIBC website (opens in new window).

You can also contact HIBC by phone:

In Vancouver: 604 683-7151
Toll free: 1 800 663 7100

How do I add/remove family members from my MSP account?

If you would like to add or remove family members on your group MSP account please contact the Ministry of Health Services - MSP (opens in new window). Once MSP has processed your request, the amount of premiums due for the affected period will be adjusted.

 

 
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