Ontario Drops Appeal Of Snowbirds’ Right To OHIP

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

The Ontario Snowbird Association announced in a letter to members that the Ontario government has dropped plans to appeal a court ruling prohibiting the termination of OHIP's Out-of-Country Travellers Program, which provides emergency out-of-country insurance coverage for Ontario residents.

As Open Jaw reported, the Ontario Divisional Court struck down part of Ontario Regulation 259, which terminated the reimbursement program, in SEP. The ruling reinstated OHIP’s Out-of-Country Travellers Program as it existed prior to 01JAN, 2020.

"This means that coverage for Ontarians travelling abroad has been restored to the previous levels of $200 to $400 per day for emergency inpatient services and up to $50 per day for emergency outpatient services," according to the Snowbird Association. "The reinstatement of this program puts Ontario back in line with every other province and territory in the country which provides this coverage as is required under the Canada Health Act."

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.


sam - November 18, 2020 @ 15:02
Never understand why some snowbirds will still take the chance to travel to Florida..Eveyone else tries to follow the policies. What happens if they get sick and need a hospital, with the cases the way they are going and hospitals becoming full, then they expect to get a bed do not understand their way of thinking, you think by now would be a wake up call. There is no common sense anymore, even if they take the proper measures there is no guarantee.
When you read some are flying and their cars are going on flatbeds pretty sad, I guess does not say much for the rest of the people at home trying to do what is right to protect others. No wonder our cases are not going down
people need to snap out of it and start doing the right thing.

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