Funding information is listed below. As well, here is information to help clients take advantage of their extremely valuable but often wasted employee health benefits coverage.
EMPLOYEE HEALTH BENEFITS COVERAGE
Do you have unused employee benefit funds? Many extended health coverage/employee benefits insurers provide funding for speech-language pathology services. Review your health plan policy booklet or call your insurer. You may request a copy of your booklet from your employer's benefits manager, union representative or human resources department.
Information to look for:
Here are links to claim forms for your convenience. Some providers have electronic claims available. Please check with your insurer that you are using the correct form.
BLUE CROSS PROGRAMS
You may be eligible for funding through the Medavie/Blue Cross programs for Veterans Affairs, RCMP and Canadian Forces/National Defense. Connect is an approved provider and may be able to directly bill for eligible clients.
TAX CREDITS AND DEDUCTIONS
Tax programs are in place to alleviate some of the burden for individuals and families paying for medical-related expenses. Fees for speech-language pathology services may be claimed as a Medical Expense on your taxes. You may also be eligible for tax credits through the federal government. More information is available through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) links below. Or speak to a qualified accountant.
Disability Tax Credit (DTC): http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/sgmnts/dsblts/dtc/menu-eng.html
Claiming Medical Expenses: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/ncm-tx/rtrn/cmpltng/ddctns/lns300-350/330/menu-eng.html
Child Disability Benefit (CDB): http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/dsblty-eng.html
Read more about these programs on CRA's website: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca
ADDITIONAL FUNDING INFORMATION
You may contact this program to determine if your child is eligible for support:
President’s Choice Children’s Charity
Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication Disorders
Harmonize For Speech
Contact Connect Speech to schedule your complimentary consultation. Appointments are scheduled by request.