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Province waives co-pay for people using the Ontario Drug Benefit Program until July 1

TORONTO — Those using the Ontario Drug Benefit Program (ODBP) stand to benefit from the province’s latest announcement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister of Health Christine Elliott announced on Wednesday that those using the ODBP will not be required to pay any co-payment for any prescription of more than 30 days that is now being dispensed in instalments until July 1.

“During these unprecedented times, our government is doing everything we can to provide additional relief for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19,” said Elliott.

“That’s why we are taking action to help ensure Ontarians continue to have access to the prescription drugs they need, without it being a source of stress or financial burden during the outbreak.”

It was also announced that new and existing Trillium Drug Program households can apply for an income reassessment.

Households that have seen their income change 10 per cent or more in 2019 or 2020 compared to 2018 can apply for a reassessment.

Eligible households currently not enrolled in the Trillium Drug Program and have high prescription costs can also submit an application or reassessment form.

More information on the program can be found online.