To get your health care card and be covered for insured health services in Alberta, you must be registered with the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP). This applies to new, returning and temporary residents.
Once your AHCIP application is received, it is reviewed to see if you are eligible.
- Coverage begins once your application has been approved and you are registered.
- Your personal health care card is mailed to you. You may laminate your card.
What is required to apply for AHCIP coverage and what to do if your coverage is denied or cancelled.
What you need to do and the information needed to apply for AHCIP coverage, either in person or by mail.
Participating registry agents are able to help you apply for or update your AHCIP health care card information.
Moving to Alberta
Opt out of AHCIP
Residents who choose not to be covered under the AHCIP must formally ‘opt out’ of the plan. All dependants of an opted out registrant are also opted out.
If you opt out:
- you, or your secondary insurer (if applicable), will have to pay for all medical and hospital costs incurred by you or your dependants
- you will not be eligible for government-sponsored supplementary benefits such as Alberta Blue Cross Non-group Coverage
- you can change your mind and register for coverage under AHCIP
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