Register for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan
Who should register
All new and returning eligible Alberta residents must register for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) coverage to receive insured hospital and physician services.
What you need to know –
You are not covered for insured medical services under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan until all the required information is received and your application is processed. However, any medical services you receive and pay for before your application is processed may be reimbursed once you have your personal health care card and can show eligibility for the period when you received the services.
The effective date of your coverage will be determined based on the following:
- If you move to Alberta from within Canada your coverage begins the first day of the third month following the date you establish permanent residency here.
- For example, if you establish permanent residency in Alberta on July 12, your coverage is effective October 1.
- If you move to Alberta from outside of Canada your coverage begins on your date of arrival in Alberta, once all registration validation requirements are met.
If the AHCIP Coverage application is not received within 3 months of when you arrive and establish permanent residency in Alberta, the effective date of your coverage will be determined upon application.
Opting out of the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan
Residents who choose not to be covered by the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan must formally “opt out” of the plan. All dependants of an opted out registrant are also opted out. This means you or your secondary insurer (if applicable) will be asked to pay for all medical and hospital costs incurred by you or your dependants during the opt out period. Additionally, you will not be eligible for Alberta Blue Cross non-group coverage during the opt out period.