Information on COVID-19

OKIB Health has introduced several beneficial resources that speak to COVID-19 and what to do in the event a person develops respiratory / COVID-19 like symptoms. Please take some time to review and become familiar with these resources.

These are great resources for those seeking to answer the following questions:

  1. I have respiratory symptoms, what should I do?
  2. Should I go to work?
  3. Should I send my children to school?
  4. What if I am not the one sick but a family member is, what do I need to do?
  5. If I am sick, how long do I need to self-isolate for? When can I go back to work? When can I send my children back to school?
  6. What do I need to do if I decide not to test for COVID-19?
  7. What do I need to do if I do decide to test for COVID-19?
  8. If I do want to test for COVID who can I call and where is it done?

Please take a moment to review these resources, as I believe they will answer a lot of questions. Furthermore, and most importantly, it explains what a person would be required to do to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 within our community.

Let’s keep our community safe by being informed.

Way̓ lim ləmtx I Thank you

Amber Froste, RN
OKIB Community Health Nurse

Health Benefits

On September 16, 2019, the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) transitioned dental, vision, and medical supplies and equipment (MS&E) and select drug benefits off the federal Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program. The FNHA's new partner, BC-based benefits provider Pacific Blue Cross, will administer these benefits as of September 16, 2019.

FNHA clients and their health care providers will find the new system easy to use, with streamlined requirements for pre-approvals and quick turnarounds for adjudications and payments.

There will be no reduction to existing coverage, and coverage will be expanded for many preventive health services and special needs. Here are some highlights of the new plan:

Your Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) Membership

  • Your status number will be your PBC benefits membership number
  • You can print your own PBC Member ID card or continue to use your status card
  • There is a large network of health care providers registered with PBC. Many of these providers can offer direct billing. That means fewer out-of-pocket payments for eligible benefits
  • Your pre-approvals follow you if you change health care providers

Your Member Profile

As of September 16, FNHA clients may go online at or download the PBC mobile app. Using your status number, you can create a Member Profile for convenient self-service. For example, you may:

  • Look up detailed coverage information
  • Get reimbursed via direct deposit in as little as 48 hours
  • Check your balance for your benefit
  • Search for vision care providers who are registered with PBC

You may also continue to contact Health Benefits for information at 1.855.550.5454 or email [email protected]

Information About Your Health Benefits Coverage