The function of the NIHB Navigator at WTCI is to help First Nation communities in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island better understand and access the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program which provides a range of medically necessary health-related goods and services not otherwise covered through private insurance plans or provincial/territorial health and social programs: i.e., prescription drugs, over-the-counter medication, medical supplies and equipment, mental health counselling, dental care, vision care, and medical transportation. All NIHB Navigation services are intended to reduce barriers to accessing benefits for First Nation clients. Through education and training, the NIHB Navigator will assist First Nation clients with accessing adequate Healthcare services. In an advocacy role, the NIHB Navigator will act as a liaison between community members and Healthcare Providers to ensure quality, timely and accessible services/benefits. Over the course of the next few months, the NIHB Navigator will be working diligently to create strong relationships with the First Nation communities of New Brunswick and PEI in order to establish an effective, working relationship.
NIHB Navigators in Atlantic Region
The Atlantic Region has three NIHB Navigators—one at WTCI who services New Brunswick and PEI, one at the Atlantic Policy Congress (APC) in the Maritime Provinces; and another that works with the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation in Newfoundland.