NIHB (Non-Insured Health Benefits)


The NIHB program is a National program that provides health coverage to registered First Nations persons who are registered under the Indian Act (Indian Status), recognized Inuit, and infants less than 1 year of age whose parent is a registered First Nation person or recognized Inuit.  The Non-Insured Health Benefit program provides limited range of medically necessary goods and services to which these clients are not entitled through other plans and programs.  These programs and services include:

  • Eye and Vision Care Benefits
  • Dental Benefits
  • Medical Transportation Benefits
  • Drug Benefits
  • Medical Supplies and Equipment (MS&E) Benefits
  • Short-term Crisis Intervention Mental Health Counselling Benefits
  • Approved Health Benefits Outside of Canada

The Navigator provides advisory services when providing information and support to those experiencing difficulty accessing and navigating the policy, procedures, and the numerous administrative requirements of the NIHB program.  Navigators are to provide support to First Nation Communities and its members by networking and strengthening relationships with Regional/National Health Canada staff, NIHB providers, and healthcare professionals in the NIHB areas.  The Navigator advocates on behalf of clients with written consent to assist with appeal process of any denied benefits.   


The current Treaty 7 NIHB Navigator is Marija Small Legs