Social Assistance

OW & ODSP: What is a “Health Spending Account”?

Re-posted from Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

What a “Health Spending Account” might mean to people on OW & ODSP

On November 22, the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services announced a number of proposed changes to the social assistance system in Ontario. Among these proposed changes are the creation of something called a Health Spending Account.

While there are currently very few details about the proposed Health Spending Account, our backgrounder outlines some concerns and questions about what it could mean, including:

  • Will a Health Spending Account give people enough money to pay for all of their health-related needs, especially if their costs are very high?
  • How will people access the Health Spending Account?
  • Who will have access to the Health Spending Account?
  • What impact could the Health Spending Account have on eligibility for OW and ODSP?

Read the ISAC backgrounder here:

Note: This post gives general legal information. It is not a substitute for getting legal advice about a particular situation. For legal advice, please contact Kingston Community Legal Clinic at 613-541-0777.

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