Premium assistance program – Premium subsidy
Eligibility for this program is based on taxable income of the registrant and their spouse/partner (if applicable).
- A benefit year starts April 1 of one year and ends March 31 of the next year.
Current premium subsidy period
|April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013||2011 taxable income|
Retroactive premium subsidy periods
|April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012||2010 taxable income|
|April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011||2009 taxable income|
How do I know if I qualify for the program?
- Look at Line 260 from your and your spouse’s/partner’s (if applicable) income tax return (for the year you are applying for).
- If you did not file an income tax return and were claimed as a spouse, partner or dependant, you must indicate that on the application.
- Find your family category (Column 1) in the chart below.
- If your combined taxable income (Line 260) is:
- Less than the amount in Column 2, you qualify for subsidized premiums.
|Column 1||Column 2|
|Family Category||Subsidized Premiums
Taxable income from Line 260 is less than –
|2009 or 2010 or 2011|
|Family – no children||$33,240|
|Family – with children||$39,250|
- To apply for premium subsidy, go to the AHCIP Forms page and complete the Application for Premium Subsidy (form AHC0391 and AHC0208G) for retroactive and current years.
What may affect my eligibility after I have applied?
The addition or deletion of family members on your AHCIP account may change or end your subsidized premium rate. Your eligibility for premium subsidy may change if:
- Alberta Health is provided with updated income information by either you or the Canada Revenue Agency;
- You add or delete a spouse/partner or dependant(s),
- If you add a spouse/partner (due to marriage) when your premium rates are subsidized, we will require your spouse/partner to complete an application and provide Line 260 of their income tax return to determine your continuing eligibility for premium subsidy.
Eligibility for premium subsidy is based on the combined taxable income of both you and your spouse/partner. Therefore, if you are receiving premium subsidy and you add a spouse/partner, we also require their income tax information. Your spouse/partner should complete and sign an Application for Premium Subsidy (form AHC0208G) to provide the required information if applicable.
Your Non-Group coverage subsidized premium rate will end and full premiums will be billed until we receive this information.
- Exception – If your spouse/partner was enrolled in the Premium Subsidy Program at the time they were added to your account, premium subsidy eligibility will be reassessed automatically and your spouse/partner does not need to provide additional income information.