With the gradual re-opening of the province, the Ontario government has now lifted the recommended 30-day supply limit for the dispensing of Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program medications. As of June 15, 2020, program recipients can resume filling prescriptions up to a 100-day supply.
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolved, many pharmacists and physicians changed their prescription and dispensing policies to 30-days or less. This was done to ensure there was an adequate supply of medications. With the medication supply beginning to stabilize, Ontario residents will now be able to safely go back to having their regular prescriptions filled.
Designed for residents 65 and older, the ODB program covers most of the cost of products for Ontario residents.1
New and existing Trillium Drug Program households can apply for an income reassessment to help reduce the financial burden that COVID-19 has placed on many Ontario families. Learn more about the Trillium Drug Plan.
The Ontario Drug Benefit program and your RTIP/ARM plan
Since the ODB program may cover most of your prescription costs once you turn 65, RTIP/ARM offers its members the flexibility to decrease their coverage and change plans at that time. This flexibility protects you from getting stuck paying for more prescription drug coverage than you need.
Call your pharmacist to determine the annual cost of your prescription drugs that are not covered under the ODB program. Use that number to find the coverage that is right for you. At your next renewal you can opt to change plans and decrease your prescription drug coverage, therefore reducing your monthly premiums.
We’re here to help
If you would like to know more about RTIP’s flexibility or have questions about the Health, Dental and Travel Insurance available to you, please contact a Life and Living Benefits Representative at 1-800-267-6847.
1. Government of Ontario