WAHA Non-Insured Health Benefits Program
PUBLIC NOTICE: NON-INSURED HEALTH BENEFITS (NIHB)
MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM
To NIHB clients:
Please be advised that the Weneebayko Area Health Authority Non-Insured Health Benefit office in Moosonee is encountering telephone system difficulties. The existing telephone system does not meet the demand and will be replaced with a new system complete with additional telephone lines to help meet our clients’ needs. We anticipate the new system to be installed and operational within 6 weeks. Your understanding and patience will be greatly appreciated.
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.
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 visit the following page:
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.
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:
Registering newborn babies:
To avoid delays in receiving NIHB benefits, newborn babies need to be registered with the band before their first birthday.
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 Health Canada’s website at:
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 705-336-2947 ext. 28