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AISH Program Policy

Published Date: March 01, 2014
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Health Benefits

Prescription Drugs


Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped Act, section 3  
Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped General Regulation, section 7


To describe the prescription and non-prescription drug coverage that is covered by AISH.


AISH provides prescription and non-prescription drug coverage from any Alberta pharmacy through the AISH Health Benefits Card (HBC).

Prescription and non-prescription are limited to:

  • Prescription drugs and some over-the-counter drugs and nutritional products listed in the Government of Alberta Drug Benefit List (DBL) and the Drug Benefit Supplement (DBS) List. Some of these drugs require special authorization and documentation from a physician.
  • The Interactive Drug Benefit List is an online, searchable data base for Alberta Government sponsored drug programs and includes all of the products on the DBL and the DBS.

Clients residing in a nursing home or active treatment hospital do not have to pay for prescription drugs, as those facilities are responsible for providing prescription drugs at no cost.

Client Safety

Alberta Blue Cross (ABC) provides a report, which identifies clients that may potentially be is a situation where there are concerns regarding safety and or drug misuse.

Leaving the Province

In circumstances when a client is leaving Alberta on vacation, and requires more medication than the current prescription limits allow, an exception may be authorized by AISH.

Prescription Limits

Supply limits are placed on the amount of days a prescription drug may be filled.  These limits vary according to the type of prescription drug.