On September 1, 2015, ASEBP introduced a new process for requesting approval for certain specialty drugs used to treat five chronic health conditions. This new process—the enhanced special authorization process—will help us manage the increasing cost of specialty drugs, while balancing the health of covered members and the support we offer. The enhanced process covers treatments for these five health conditions:
Details of the enhanced special authorization process and the steps you need to follow to request approval for treatments for one of these five health conditions can be found in the Rx Benefits section of our website.
On September 1, 2015, we made two changes to our Extended Health Care plan:
To determine which vaccines and medications are covered by your ASEBP Extended Health Care benefits, use the Drug Inquiry Tool available under the Coverage tab on My ASEBP.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) has declared a whooping cough outbreak in the AHS North Zone, which covers areas in the northern half of the province. An outbreak is declared when there is an increase in the number of confirmed cases.
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a bacterial infection that causes severe coughing and can lead to pneumonia, brain damage and, in some cases, death. Young children and older adults are most at risk for complications.
The pertussis vaccine is covered under Alberta’s immunization program. It’s important to check your records to ensure you and your family’s vaccines are up to date. AHS is advising certain groups in the North Zone to get immunized including young children, pregnant women and those who work with young children. For more information on this outbreak, please see the AHS news release. For more information on pertussis and immunizations, visit Alberta’s immunization website.
Looking for new ways to spruce up your wellness routine or maybe fresh ideas to kick start a new healthy habit? Look no further than the ASEBP Calendar & Health Planner! Every month you’ll find healthful challenges, tips and benefit reminders to assist you on your health journey.
This month we've got some great health articles to support your emotional, physical and nutritional well-being. In the For Your Health section we feature an exercise article on starting a walking club. There is also a great emotional health article on walking to relieve stress. Finally there is an informative nutrition article on vitamins and supplements.
Be sure to check out For Your Health each month for new content!
ASEBP is excited to announce the launch of our new drug inquiry tool that allows you to search any prescription drug you are currently taking or that you and your doctor may be considering. The tool will tell you if the drug is covered under your ASEBP Extended Health Care plan and will provide information about the drug’s common uses, along with other information specific to your ASEBP plan.
Simply log into My ASEBP, go to the "Coverage" tab and then click “Drug Inquiry” to start exploring the new tool, available exclusively to ASEBP covered members! You can read more about the tool in this Frequently Asked Questions document.
Once you've registered for a My ASEBP account don't forget to download our free mobile app. It allows you to manage your ASEBP benefits anytime, anywhere!
For a wealth of Canadian health resources, visit our new and improved Apple-a-Day site!
Find out how the ASEBP plan supports your health in our new Prescription Benefits section.
Visit our For Your Health section each month. It features tip sheets on emotional health, exercise, nutrition and superfoods.