Cannabis Coverage - Health Benefits Coverage for Medical Cannabis

Employers /
Health Spending Accounts Provincial, Territorial & Fedral Drug Plans Claiming on Your Tax Return

Can I get my medical cannabis covered by my drug plan?

Canadians have access to drug benefits through various private insurance (third-party) plans, disability benefits, employer-provided health spending accounts, provincial/ territorial drug benefit programs and federal drug plans for certain groups.  These plans provide access to prescription medications as well as non-prescription medications and medical devices.  Coverage of the costs of medical cannabis (medical marijuana) through some these plans and programs is now available and is becoming routine for certain conditions.  Other plans do not consider requests for coverage of medical marijuana at all presently.  Some plans have a prior authorization or exceptional access mechanism which must be used to request coverage of medical cannabis. Additionally many plans that cover medical cannabis do so for specific conditions (coverage criteria). 

The blue buttons above provide detailed informatiion on medical cannabis coverage by the various Insurance Providers, specific Employers / Unions, Provincial / Territorial Drug Benefit Programs, Federal Drug Plans and information on claiming the costs of medical cannabis as an eligible medical expense on your tax return.

NEWS (artilcles dealing with coverage of the costs of medical cannabis)

Why medical marijuana patients can’t access their prescriptions at pharmacies​ (

How workers compensation is being dragged into the world of medical marijuana (

New Brunswick tackles issue of medical cannabis for injured workers (

Firm introduces first guaranteed issue insurance product covering medical cannabis (

Medical cannabis benefits denied: How statutory insurance plans can avoid paying workers' compensation benefits (

NexgenRx and CannTrust Partner to Provide Medical Cannabis Benefit Access and Real Time Adjudication Services to NexgenRx Plan Members (

Canadian Health Insurance Company to Cover Medical Cannabis (

Sun Life Financial to add medical marijuana option to group benefits plans ( 

OPSEU to cover medical cannabis for employees (

Shoppers, Loblaw introduce medical marijuana into benefits plan (

Cannabis prescriptions are eligible medical expense, CRA confirms (

Medical Marijuana Insurance Coverage Awarded To Jonathan Zaid, Waterloo Student (