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AISH Program Policy

Published Date: July 01, 2015
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Health Benefits

Alberta Adult Health Benefit


Income and Employment Supports Act, Part 2, Division 2
Income Supports, Training and Health Benefits Regulation, sections 73 to 90


To assist eligible former AISH clients to maintain health benefits when they no longer qualify for AISH.


The Alberta Adult Health Benefit (AAHB) program provides health benefits to clients who no longer qualify for AISH due to income from:

  • Employment;
  • Self-employment;
  • The Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) program; or
  • A combination of these and other types of income that are not exempt through AISH.

As of April 1, 2014 the program is administered by Alberta Health; however, enrollment in the program continues to be through Community and Social Services. Further information about the program, including other eligible client groups, can be found at

Personal benefits are not provided through the AAHB program.

Enrolling in the AAHB Program

When an AISH client enrols in the AAHB program, health coverage transitions from AISH to the AAHB program without interruption. The AAHB benefit period commences on July 1st and ends on June 30th of the following year. Each year the program conducts an automated annual renewal process. Clients who begin receiving the AAHB on or after May 1st will be provided with the benefits until June 30th of the next year, and then will be subject to the AAHB renewal process.

Returning to AISH from the AAHB Program

In most circumstances, when a former AISH client transfers from the AAHB to AISH, no new application or medical information is required.

A new application or medical information may be required if:

  • The client has been on the AAHB for 24 months or longer; or
  • The client’s financial or medical situation has changed significantly.