Thursday, 26 March 2020

UPDATE: Current Government Responses to Access to Health During COVID-19

If you have any issues with the government acting contrary to the guidelines below, please email sanctuaryhealthvancouver@gmail.com so that we can help fight with you.

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Comunidad La Vida es Lucha


El Colectivo Santuario ha mantenido conversaciones con el gobierno provincial de BC para buscarle solucion a las demandas de acceso a la salud de las personas con estatus migratorio precario o sin estatus.

Estas son algunas preguntas con respuestas respecto a como se respondera con el acceso a atencion medica durante esta epoca de pandemia de COVID-19.  Estasrespuestas fueron tomadas directamente del sitio web del gobierno, por lo quetodavía estamos aprendiendo cómo se implementarán. Haremos todo lo posible paraactualizar a medida que aprendamos más.

Le informaremos en cuanto tengamos mas avances en la lucha por el acceso a la salud para todxs.

1.-Que pasa si mi permiso temporal ya no es válido y ya no califico para tener seguro médico (Medical Service Plan - MSP)?


Como respuesta a la crisis del COVID-19 las personas que viven en British Columbia y que estaban cubiertas previamente por MSP pero su MSP ya no es válido tendrán cobertura temporal.
Las personas deben contactar al seugro médico de BC (Health Insurance BC) para solicitar la cobertura temporal. [El gobierno ha confirmado que esto solo se aplica a aquellos cuya cobertura expira está relacionada con la crisis actual].


Health Insurance BC
LLama sin costo: 1 800 663-7100 Si vives en el Lower Mainland: 604 683-7151
Dirección de correo: Health Insurance BC PO Box 9035 Stn Prov Gov Victoria, BC V8W 9E3

Esto incluye a las personas que han aplicado por un nuevo permiso de trabajo ó de estudio y que aún lo han recibido.


2.-Que pasa si no soy eligible para la BC MSP y pienso que tengo COVID-19, tengo que pagar por mi tratamiento.?


Si se le ha informado o considera que es necesario buscar atencion medica professional por los sintomas relacionados con COVID-19 y no tiene coverture de Seguro privado, se le puede proporcionar cobertura de atencion medica MSP a usted y a los miembros de su familia.

En respuesta a la pandemia de COVID-19 las personas que viven en la provincia de BC quienes no son elegibles para la cobertura de MSP o tarjeta medica, recibiran cobertura de atencion medica asegurada provincialmente para casos con servicios relacionados con casos sospechosos o confirmados de infeccion de COVID-19. Tomar nota que affeciones no relacionadas con COVID-19 permaneceran sin Seguro.

El medico o especialsita que le trate sera el responsible de determiner su elegibilidad para esta cobertura.

3.-Que pasa si soy un trabajador temporal que ha venida a la provincial de BC para trabajar durante la pandemia de COVID-19, podria ser asegurado por el MSP?


Los trabajadores temporales en BC con un permiso de menos de 6 meses que de otro modo no serian elegibles para la cobertura del MSP, recibiran cobertura temporal de MSP hasta el 31 de Julio del 2020 o hasta cuando expire su permiso, lo que suceda antes.

Las personas deben contactarse con Health Insurance BC para solicitar la cobertura temporal
Health Insurance BC
LLama sin costo: 1 800 663-7100 Si vives en el Lower Mainland: 604 683-7151
Dirección de correo: Health Insurance BC PO Box 9035 Stn Prov Gov Victoria, BC V8W 9E3

4.-Medical Services Plan - Renuncia al período de espera

El período de espera de tres meses del MSP no se aplicará a las personas elegibles a partir del 1 de marzo de 2020. 
Sanctuary Health has been talking to the provincial government of BC to ask for a solution to the demands for access to health of people with precarious immigration status or without status.

Here are some questions with the government's current answers as to how access to medical attention during the COVID-19 pandemic. These answers are taken directly from the government website, so we are still learning how they will be implemented. We will do our best to update as we learn more.

We will inform you as soon as we have more progress in the fight for access to health for all. Click this link for the latest information from the government: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/health-drug-coverage/msp/bc-residents/msp-covid-19-response

 

What if my temporary permits have expired and I no longer have MSP coverage?


In response to COVID-19, individuals who are currently in B.C., who were previously enrolled in MSP as a deemed resident, and their MSP has expired, may be provided temporary MSP coverage.
Individuals should contact Health Insurance BC to request this temporary coverage. [The government has confirmed that this only applies to those who's coverage expiring is connected to the current crisis.]


Health Insurance BC
Toll-free: 1 800 663-7100
Lower Mainland: 604 683-7151
Mailing Address:
Health Insurance BC
PO Box 9035 Stn Prov Gov
Victoria, BC V8W 9E3

This may include individuals who have applied for a new work or study permit but it has yet to arrive.

In these circumstances temporary coverage will be granted until July 31, 2020.

What if I am not eligible for the B.C. MSP and I think I have COVID-19, will I have to pay for my treatment?


If you have questions about your or a family members’ health related to COVID-19 symptoms or other medical issues, please contact Healthlink BC at 8-1-1.

If you have been advised or feel it is necessary to seek additional care from a medical professional for symptoms related to COVID-19, and you do not have private insurance coverage, provincially insured MSP health care coverage may be provided to you or your family members.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals present in B.C. who would otherwise not be eligible for coverage under MSP will be provided provincially insured health care coverage for services related to suspected or confirmed cases of infection with COVID-19. Services for unrelated conditions that are performed on non-eligible MSP patients will remain uninsured.

Your attending medical professional will be responsible for determining your eligibility for this coverage.

 I am a temporary foreign worker who has come to B.C. to work during the COVID-19 pandemic; can I be insured under the MSP?


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, temporary foreign workers in BC with a permit of less than 6 months, who would otherwise not be eligible for coverage under the MSP, will be provided temporary MSP coverage to July 31, 2020 or the end of your permit, whichever is sooner.
Individuals should contact Health Insurance BC to request this temporary coverage.
Health Insurance BC
Toll-free: 1 800 663-7100
Lower Mainland: 604 683-7151

Medical Services Plan – Waiver of Wait Period

The three-month MSP coverage wait period will be waived for eligible individuals effective March 1, 2020.