AHCIP coverage – Status and life changes

Life. Through our life changes, our status changes. We get older, maybe get married (or divorced), have children, study, retire, move, etc.. Regardless of what your status in life is and the changes that occur, it is important to update your Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) information.

  • Up-to-date information is vital for obtaining health services in Alberta, so please ensure your health care registration information is current.

Students

Children

Children are registered as dependants if they are:

  • Single children under the age of 21 and wholly dependent on the parent(s), including adopted children, foster children (if an income tax deduction was claimed) and wards of the court. In cases of separation or divorce, the custodial parent registers the children. In cases of joint custody, children are registered on the account of one or the other parent, but not both, as agreed to by both parents;
  • Single children who are 21 years of age or older and wholly dependent on the parent(s) because of physical or mental disabilities;
  • Single children who are under 25 years of age and enrolled in three or more courses at an accredited educational institute.

Turning 21

If you are between 21 and under 25 years of age you may be covered on your parent/legal guardian's account if you are single and in full-time attendance at an accredited educational institute. If this is the case, please have your parent or guardian visit an authorized registry agent office or contact us.

If you are not a student, or you are a part-time student between the age of 21 and under 25 years of age, you must be set up on your own AHCIP account. If this is the case, you will need to visit an authorized registry agent office or contact us. Please note that if you are set up on your own AHCIP account, your personal health care number will remain the same.

  • There are no premiums for AHCIP coverage.

Seniors – Turning 65

When you turn 65:

  • You and your eligible dependants automatically qualify for premium-free Coverage for Seniors, administered by Alberta Blue Cross on behalf of Alberta Health. Read more about the Coverage for Seniors benefit or contact Alberta Health.
  • Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan provides coverage for one complete eye exam, one partial exam and one diagnostic procedure per benefit year (July 1 to June 30).
  • The Government of Alberta offers many programs and services to support Alberta’s seniors, including dental and optical assistance. Read more about seniors financial assistance and benefits.

Marriage

Married spouses must register together.

Adult interdependent relationships

Couples who are not married may register as adult interdependent partners. An adult interdependent partner is a person who lives together with another person in a relationship of interdependence:

  • For a continuous period of not less than three years; or
  • Of some permanence, if there is a child of the relationship by birth or adoption; or
  • If the registrant and partner have entered into an adult interdependent partner agreement.

An adult interdependent partner agreement is a written agreement between any two persons who are living together or intend to live together in a relationship of interdependence, as provided for in the Adult Interdependent Relationships Act.

A person may not enter into an adult interdependent partner agreement if the person:

  • Is a party to an existing adult interdependent partner agreement;
  • Is married; or
  • Is a minor, unless the minor is at least 16 years of age, and the minor's guardian(s) gave prior written consent.

Separation or Divorce

  • Separated spouses may register together or separately.
  • Divorced spouses must register separately.

Update your info

Update your AHCIP information if you:

  • Change your name and/or marital status
  • Change your mailing address
  • Change the status of dependant(s) for persons who no longer qualify as a dependant on your account
  • Add a new dependant

To change a name, address or add or remove family members: