Non-Insured Health Benefits (NHIB)

Medical Transportation Program

How can a First Nations individual access benefits through the NIHB program?

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What is the non-insured health benefits program?

The non-insured health benefits program provides travel benefits for status Indians in the WAHA region, when it is deemed medically necessary by a doctor to travel outside their community to access medical attention or appointments.

Patient Rights and Responsibilities

The purpose of this document is to explain the rights and responsibilities of individuals from the Weeneebayko region that utilize the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program for Medical Travel.

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Program Updates

Effective April 1, 2013, Health Canada will resume ultimate management responsibility for the medical transportation program. The new model will not affect the level of benefit coverage available to clients.

For more information, please read this post: Health Canada to Manage WAHA NIHB – Effective April 1, 2013


The WAHA Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) transportation program is located in Moosonee.

How can I access the program?

To access the program, status Indians must be registered with a local band and have a 10-digit band number.

Travel arrangements

Since October 2010, Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) are now responsible for monitoring the program. The policies remain the same but FNIHB must give prior approval before WAHA’s NIHB program can make travel arrangements for clients.

The following information is required for travel requests to be approved:

  • Referral and proper medical documentation from a physician
  • 10 digit band number
  • The client’s name must be the same name registered with the band (including children)
  • All travel must be medically necessary and related to the condition of the client, especially for escorts (family member of caregiver) to travel under the program

Registering newborn babies

To avoid delays in receiving NIHB benefits, newborn babies need to be registered with the band before their first birthday.

Interesting fact

In their first year as a department within WAHA, the NIHB transportation program coordinated travel for approximately 7500 people. This averages out to approximately 625 per month.

For more information, or if you have a question, travel or accommodation concern, visit this page on Health Canada’s website.

FNIHB information can also be obtained by visiting:

To contact WAHA’s NIHB Department in Moosonee, please call: 1-855-336-2947 (Cree or English services are available) OR 705-336-2947ext. 28