FREDERICTON, N.B. – A toll-free telephone line to provide more information on the New Brunswick Drug Plan is now in operation.
“Residents with questions about the plan and how it will affect their families are invited to call at 1-855-540-7325,” said Health Minister Hugh Flemming. “This information line will be an important resource as we move closer to May 1 when New Brunswickers can begin receiving coverage under the plan on a voluntary basis.”
The information line is being operated by Medavie Blue Cross, which is administering the drug plan on behalf of the government. The bilingual service is available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
“Insurance is complex and it is understandable that people have questions,” said Flemming. “In addition to this new information line, the public can also visit the Department of Health website for information on premiums for Phase 1, the drug formulary and frequently asked questions.”
In December 2013, the provincial government announced the New Brunswick Drug Plan to help residents avoid catastrophic drug costs and ensure that prescription drug insurance is available to everyone. The plan will be implemented in two phases.
Phase 1 will begin on May 1 when New Brunswickers with a valid Medicare card can choose to enrol in the plan. Phase 2 will begin on April 1, 2015, when all New Brunswickers will be required to have prescription drug insurance. Those not insured by a private plan will join the New Brunswick Drug Plan. At this time, minimum coverage standards will come into effect, which means that all private group drug plans must be at least as comprehensive as the New Brunswick Drug Plan.
More information about the drug plan is available online at http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/promo/NBDrugPlan.html .