Healthy Kids Program
What is the Healthy Kids Program?
The BC Healthy Kids Program helps low income families with the costs of basic dental care and prescription eyewear for their children. Eligible clients include dependent children under 19 years of age who receive Medical Services Plan (MSP) premium assistance through the Ministry of Health.
How do I apply for the BC Healthy Kids Program?
Families who have been approved for MSP premium assistance will be signed up with the program. Coverage begins at the start of the next month. No additional application form is needed to register.
For information on how to apply for MSP, contact the Ministry of Health at:
604-683-7151 or toll-free at: 1-800-663-7100. Information is available from the Health Insurance BC.
What does the BC Healthy Kids Program cover?
Dental – Children are eligible for $1400 of basic dental services every two years. This coverage includes services such as exams, x-rays, fi llings, cleanings and extractions. Your dentist can advise you of other services that may be covered. Emergency dental treatment is also available if the child’s biennial limit has been reached. Emergency treatment is only available for the immediate relief of pain.
Optical – Children are eligible for prescription eyeglasses (lenses and basic frames) once in a twelve-month period. All prescriptions must be current and meet the program criteria. Further information is available from your optical provider. Children’s eye examinations are covered by MSP.
The BC Healthy Kids Program does not cover orthodontic treatment and/or contact lenses.
How do I access services under the BC Healthy Kids Program?
To use services under the BC Healthy Kids Program you will need to show your child’s BC CareCard or BC Services Card to the dental office or optical provider.
Your dental office or optical provider will confirm coverage with the program contractor before each appointment.
Important: Before any dental or optical services begin, check with your dental/optical provider to see if there will be any additional charges to you over and above what the Healthy Kids program will cover.
How long will my child be covered under the Healthy Kids Program?
Children are covered under the BC Healthy Kids Program as long as their parent’s MSP premium assistance is active and continuously in effect. Children may be covered up to and including the month they turn 19. Any changes with your family’s MSP premium assisted medical coverage may affect your child’s coverage with the BC Healthy Kids Program.
Who provides services under the BC Healthy Kids Program?
Before treatment begins, confirm that your dentist or optical provider offers services under the BC Healthy Kids Program.
The BC Healthy Kids Program does not keep a list of participating dental/optical providers. It is the responsibility of the parent to find a dentist or optical supplier who is accepting children covered by the BC Healthy Kids Program.
How do the dental and optical service providers get paid?
The dental and optical service provider bills and receives payment directly from the BC Healthy Kids Program.
The BC Healthy Kids Program is not responsible for charges that may be billed for services:
- for children without active coverage;
- not covered by the program;
- not provided within time restrictions;
- in excess of the annual limit; and/or,
- in excess of the rates of the program
For More Information
If you receive MSP premium assistance, contact your dentist or optical provider directly.
Contact the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation Info Line at: 1-866-866-0800
- If you are receiving Ministry services and do not have a Person ID or Social Insurance Number, or for all general inquiries, enter your 10 digit phone number, then press option 3, and then press option 2.