Effective date: January 1, 2020
Approved date: November 19, 2019
Application: All medication purchases and approvals made on or after the effective date.
Policy subject: Allowance and expenses
Establish guidelines for covering medication costs.
POL 11/2019, Medication Coverage outlines when the WCB will cover prescription and non-prescription medications required to effectively treat, or facilitate recovery from, an accepted work injury or disease. The following procedure outlines the steps followed for the approval and payment process.
Medications – General
Medications – Payment
Opioid Treatment Management
Pharmaceutical Cannabinoids and Medical Cannabis
Overuse or Abuse
(1) POL and PRO 10/2011, Reimbursement for Medications (effective October 1, 2011 to December 31, 2019).
(2) November 1, 2017. Requirement for original receipts updated to copies of original receipts; however, original receipts must be retained for 12 months from submission date, as they may be requested by the WCB for audit purposes.
(3) POL and PRO 10/2011 reviewed November 2, 2012 and no updates recommended.
(4) POL and PRO 09/2001, Reimbursement for Medications (effective November 1, 2001 to September 30, 2011)
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