What is the Aftercare Benefits Initiative (ABI)?

What is the Aftercare Benefits Initiative (ABI)?

ABI is a comprehensive health benefit program, offering prescription drug, dental, vision, extended health benefits, including medical devices and paramedical services, counselling, and life skills supports to former youth in care. The program was launched on July 31, 2014 and is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Servicess. The program is administered by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies.
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    • When can I begin using the benefits of ABI?

      You can begin accessing the benefits of ABI as soon as you receive your welcome package in the mail. Allow 2-3 weeks for your package to arrive.
    • Who provides the benefits of ABI?

      Green Shield Canada is the provider of the health and dental benefits and Shepell provides the counselling and life skills supports services.
    • Who is not eligible for ABI?

      Ineligible youth include those youth who: Were not eligible to receive CCSY or ECM; Are not between 21 and 25 years of age or 18 to 25 for adopted youth; Were adopted before June 1, 2016; Have benefit coverage under another health plan (e.g. a plan ...
    • How do I access the benefits of ABI once I`m enrolled?

      You will receive an ABI welcome package in the mail 2-3 weeks after you are enrolled. The package will contain your Green Shield Canada (GSC) plan member card, as well as a copy of the benefit booklet outlining your coverage. Once you have received ...
    • What if I`m studying and have benefits through my university/college?

      If you choose to opt out of your school health benefits plan you may apply for ABI. Otherwise you are ineligible.