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Board of Directors approves new policy on financial support to clients requiring long-term services outside Eeyou Istchee


On June 15, 2021, the CBHSSJB Board of Directors approved a new policy on financial support under the CNIHB for clients who must leave their home community for periods longer than 21 days to obtain medical or psychosocial services.  


Under the new policy, eligible clients will receive an increase in financial support for living expenses while outside their home community. Some services such as cancer treatment are not available in the communities and require long stays outside the region. 

Cree Non-Insured Health Benefits (CNIHB) is a health insurance plan available to Registered Cree Beneficiaries under the JBNQA treaty. It provides additional medical coverage over and above what is available under the Quebec Health Insurance Plan.  

The new policy replaces a previous policy dating from 2017. The revision aims to align with CBHSSJB policy standards and requirements including the evolution of the applicable principles, such as ensuring continuity of care once the client is able to return to their home community. The new policy also contains sections to outline client obligations and the reasons for end of financial support. 

The policy was approved by the Board of Directors on June 4, 2021 and comes into effect July 1, 2021.  

As each person’s situation is unique, Cree Health Board staff explain the benefits and the reimbursement procedure in detail to clients facing a long-term stay outside the community.  

Within its current Strategic Regional Plan and Funding Framework, the CBHSSJB is expanding services in the communities for individuals with more complex needs. The goal is to reduce the need for clients to travel outside their home communities. 


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People who are registered beneficiaries of the JBNQA, and who are living in Eeyou Istchee have access to additional medical benefits.


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