CSA applauds New Brunswick Medicare Extension

TORONTO, May 16, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) today applauded the extension of Medicare coverage for travelling residents of New Brunswick. Eligible residents may now be absent from their home province for up to 212 days, for vacation and visiting purposes, and still retain their Medicare benefits. The increase will provide New Brunswickers with an additional month of coverage, up from the previous limit of 182 days.

"This is an important change for the snowbirds of New Brunswick" said Bob Slack, President of the Canadian Snowbird Association. "New Brunswickers will now be able to visit friends and family members outside of the province, after returning from their winter vacation, without fear of losing their provincial health coverage. We appreciate the responsiveness of the Government of New Brunswick."

CSA representatives have been working closely with the New Brunswick Minister of Health, Ted Flemming, Q.C., who reiterated in the Legislature today that this is a revenue neutral change for the province.

The Canadian Snowbird Association is an 80,000 member, non-profit, non-partisan organization representing Canadian travellers from across the country. The CSA works in partnership with government and business to educate and advocate on behalf of all travelling Canadians.

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SOURCE: Canadian Snowbird Association

For further information:

Evan Rachkovsky
Research and Communications Officer
Canadian Snowbird Association
(416) 902-4443

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