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Seniors' Drug Plan

Eligible seniors 65 years and older pay a maximum of $20 for prescription drugs listed on the Saskatchewan Formulary and those approved under Exception Drug Status

Note: Effective July 1, 2015, the individual income threshold that determines eligibility for this program will be lowered from the federal age credit to the provincial age credit. For more information, visit Seniors’ Drug Plan General Questions and Answers.

Ask your physician or pharmacist if your medications may qualify for Exception Drug Status
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1. Eligibility

Your eligibility is determined by age and the income reported on your income tax return filed with the Canada Revenue Agency. You must: 
  • Be a Saskatchewan resident 65 years of age or older with a valid Saskatchewan Health card. 
  • Be eligible for the federal age credit, which is based on the annual net income you reported on Line 236 of your income tax form in the previous year. 
  • Seniors who are covered under federal government programs, such as the federal Non-Insured Health Benefits Program or Veterans Affairs are not eligible for the Seniors’ Drug Plan. 

If you already pay less than $20 per prescription, you will continue to do so. For example, if your medication is $20 per prescription under the Seniors’ Drug Plan, but $11 under the Special Support program, you will continue to pay $11.00 for that prescription. 

There will be no change in coverage for those seniors who have drug coverage under: 

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2. Apply for Coverage

You can apply for the Seniors’ Drug Plan up to two months before you turn 65.
  • If you apply before your 65th birthday and your application is approved, your coverage will begin on the first day of the month you turn 65. 
  • If you apply after your 65th birthday and your application is approved, your coverage will begin once your application is processed. 

To apply, each eligible senior must complete and sign an application and consent form. 

  • By using Form A, you give the Drug Plan and Extended Benefits Branch permission to access your income information through the Canada Revenue Agency. Your coverage will be automatically renewed each year as long as you file your income tax return. You will be notified if there has been a change in your coverage. 
  • If you do not file income tax or would rather submit your financial information annually, please complete Form B, and contact the Drug Plan and Extended Benefits Branch for additional information. 

By completing Form B, you will be required to apply for coverage each year with supporting income documentation. In the fall, you will receive a renewal notice with the required form, details on any deadlines, contact information and instructions to renew your benefits. 

For your convenience, we encourage you to complete Form A, to prevent a lapse in coverage and you do not have to apply for coverage every year. 

Please forward your completed application to: 

Seniors’ Drug Plan 
Drug Plan and Extended Benefits Branch 
3475 Albert Street 
Regina, SK S4S 6X6


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3. Confirmation of Coverage

After you submit your application, you will receive a letter in the mail to inform you either that you have been approved for coverage, or that you do not currently meet the eligibility requirements.
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4. Benefits

Once approved for coverage, you will only need to pay a maximum of $20 per prescription at the pharmacy. Your pharmacy will be aware of your coverage automatically. 

If you are not eligible for coverage and wish to appeal the assessment, or your situation has recently changed, contact the Drug Plan and Extended Benefits Branch for more information.

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