Union of New Brunswick Indians

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Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program

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Tel: 506-458-9444
Fax: 506-458-2850

Peter Birney
Senior Health Policy Analyst

The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program is a national program that provides coverage to registered First Nations and recognized Inuit to support them in reaching an overall health status that is comparable with other Canadians. The Non-Insured Health Benefits Program provides coverage for a limited range of medically necessary goods and services to which these clients are not entitled through other plans and programs. In cases where a benefit is covered under another plan, the NIHB Program will act to coordinate payment of eligible benefits. It is the Government of Canada’s position that current health programs and services including Non-Insured Health Benefits are provided to First Nations and Inuit on the basis of national policy and not due to any constitutional or other legal obligations. First Nations assert that health benefits are an Inherent Aboriginal and Treaty Right and are constitutionally protected.

Should you wish to obtain further information, please contact us at:

Union of New Brunswick Indians

75 Melissa Street, Unit 1
Richibucto Road, New Brunswick
E3A 6V9

Tel: 506-458-9444
Fax: 506-458-2850


A Guide for First Nations to Access Non-Insured Health Benefits

NIHB Appeal Process

NIHB Navigators

Hear Our Voices: Meeting Sept 2016 First Nations in N.B. and P.E.I. Recommendations for NIHB Reform.

1. Summary of observations and recommendations

2. Overall program observations and recommendations: Restructure NIHB to create a health benefits program that works for First Nations people

3. Program-specific observations and recommendations