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Responding to COVID-19 - Castlegar, Grand Forks, Kaslo, Nakusp, Nelson, Salmo, Trail

Community Health Message posted: 29-Apr-2020 3:00 PM PDT

KB FETCH is continuing to include information about services and resources that might be helpful to residents of Kootenay Boundary (KB) communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are posting lists of resources and updates to services as well as adding specific changes to individual services pages.
If you want information specific to a particular area within the KB, go to the right-hand-side of the Home page, click on the applicable Community and then put "COVID-19" in the search bar.
Please contact us if you have information about a local service or community response to COVID-19 that you think we should include.
Many thanks to all who are working so hard to help us all get through this difficult time!

The Rural Evidence Review project in collaboration with the BC Rural Health Network has launched a provincial survey to understand rural and remote community experiences and responses to COVID-19. Participation is open to all residents of rural and remote BC communities. The survey is available on an ongoing basis, with no established end date.

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Basic Needs / Support - Health/Medical/Safety - Castlegar Area

BC Healthy Kids Program

Helps low-income families with costs associated with basic dental care and prescription glasses for their children.more info

Address / Contact Info
BC
Toll-free: 1-866-866-0800
Web Links Website

BC Smoking Cessation Program

Helps people stop using tobacco by assisting them with the cost of quit-smoking aids. Talk to a pharmacist or doctor to decide if quit-smoking medications are suitable. more info

Address / Contact Info
BC Ministry of Health
British Columbia
Web Links Website Website

Employment Insurance - Parents of Critically Ill Children

Eligible parents who take leave from work to provide care or support to their critically ill or injured child can receive Employment Insurance (EI) special benefits for Parents of Critically Ill Children (PCIC).more info

Address / Contact Info
Toll-free: 1-800-206-7218
Web Links Website

Employment Insurance - Sickness Benefits

Provides Benefits to EI eligible individuals who are unable to work because of sickness, injury, or quarantine.more info

Address / Contact Info
Toll-free: 1-800-206-7218
Web Links Website

Fair PharmaCare

Provides B.C. families with coverage for eligible prescription drugs and designated medical supplies, based on their net income. more info

Address / Contact Info
Health Insurance BC, Fair PharmaCare
PO Boc 9655, Stn Prov Govt
, Victoria, BC, V8W 9P2
Toll-free: 1-800-663-7100
Web Links Website

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) Health Benefits Program

Provides coverage to eligible First Nations persons for health goods and services.more info

Address / Contact Info
Mailing Address
540-757 West Hastings Street
, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1A1
Health Benefits Office: 1-855-550-5454
Fax (toll-free): 1-888-299-9222
Web Links Website Email

Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) - Castlegar

A volunteer driven community program that provides essential health equipment to individuals on a by donation basis. A referral from a health care provider is required before health care equipment is provided.more info

Address / Contact Info
Canadian Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program
1250 A 26th Street
, Castlegar, BC, V1N 4C9
Phone: (250) 365-3911
Toll-free: 1-800-761-0099
Fax: (250) 365-6242
Web Links Website Email

Medical Services Plan Regular Premium Assistance

For individuals and families with a low or modest income, offering premium subsidies based on net income for the previous tax year and taking age, family size and disability into consideration. more info

Address / Contact Info
Health Insurance BC, Medical Insurance Plan
Box 9035 Stn Prov Govt
, Victoria, BC, V8W 9E3
Toll-free: 1-800-663-7100
Web Links Website

Medical Services Plan Temporary Premium Assistance

Program offered to residents of British Columbia who are unable to pay Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums due to a recent unexpected event causing financial hardship.more info

Address / Contact Info
Health Insurance BC, Medical Services Plan
Box 9035 Stn Prov Govt
, Victoria, BC, V8W 9E3
Toll-free: 1-800-663-7100
Web Links Website

Medical Transportation Assistance Program - First Nations Health Authority

Travel assistance, including transportation, meals and lodging and escort assistance available to access health services not available in home community and not covered by provincial travel assistance programs.more info

Address / Contact Info
First Nations Health Authority
501-100 Park Royal South
, Coast Salish Territory
, West Vancouver, BC, V7T 1A2
General Inquiries: 1-866-913-0033
Health Benefits: 1-855-550-5454
Fax: (604) 913-2081
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