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B.C. Government Boosts Health Coverage for Low-Income Kids

September 5, 2017
by CBC News British Columbia

The B.C. government is pouring an extra $6 million into a health-care fund for low-income kids.

The BC Healthy Kids program will now get a total of $30 million a year to help cover costs for dental care, glasses and hearing aids.

The NDP government has boosted the dental allotment set by the previous Liberal government from $1,400 to $2,000 over two years.

It will also now fully cover hearing aids, which the previous program did not.

The government says 166,000 children will benefit from the changes.

“We did believe this initiative by the previous government was a step in the right direction and we were happy to complete it,” Shane Simpson, minister of social development and poverty reduction, told guest host Gloria Macarenko on CBC’s On the Coast.

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