How to identify yourself as an NIHB client

How to identify yourself or your child in order to access Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program coverage.

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Client identification requirements

Client identification documentation must include:

If this identification does not include a photo, health service providers may ask to see a piece of photo ID that matches the name on your client identification to protect your health benefits.

You may be asked to present your identification on each visit to ensure that your information is entered correctly and to confirm your identity.

First Nations client identification number

For eligible First Nations clients, ONE of the following client identification numbers is required:

Indian status does not expire. Your registration number confirms your status and can be used to access your NIHB coverage, even if your identification card has expired.

Inuit client identification number

For recognized Inuit clients, ONE of the following client identification numbers is required:

Children under 2 years of age

In order to provide time for parents or guardians to complete the registration process to obtain Indian status or recognition by their Inuit land claim organization, special provisions have been made for children under 2 years of age. To access coverage for a child under 2 years old who does not yet have their own client identification number:

To ensure continuity of coverage parents or guardians are encouraged to obtain a client identification number for infants prior to the child turning 2 years old.

If the child has received their own client identification number, this number should be used for all benefits.

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