Community Update: Expanded Coverage for Aircasts/Walking Boots

Dear Community Partner,

Disability Alliance BC (DABC) is writing to let you know that effective May 2018, the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction started providing funding for aircasts/walking boots for people who are eligible for health supplements. Eligible individuals include:

  • Recipients of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefits
  • Recipients of Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers to Employment benefits (PPMB)
  • Income Assistance and PWD recipients residing in special care facilities
  • People who have a life threatening health need

DABC is encouraged by this expansion of health supports for people with disabilities and we thank Minister Shane Simpson for his leadership in introducing this much needed policy improvement. We also recognize that many British Columbians with disabilities continue to experience barriers accessing other needed medical equipment and services and will continue to share our concerns about this with the Minister and his staff.

If you have any questions about this policy change, please feel free to contact me through our Advocacy Access Program.

Best regards,
Sam Turcott, Program Director, Advocacy Access