November 9, 2014 – Reported by CBC News – The federal government will temporarily restore health-care coverage to refugee claimants beginning Wednesday pending the outcome of an appeal at the Federal Court, but some still won’t have coverage for drugs.
“We are doing this because the court has ordered us to do it. We respect that decision while not agreeing with it,” Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said following question period on Tuesday.
The government had until the end of today to review a 2012 policy the Federal Court deemed unconstitutional, “cruel and unusual” last July.
The government had asked for a stay until an appeal is heard, but that request was rejected on Friday. A date for the appeal has not been set.
“Under the temporary measures, most beneficiaries are eligible to receive coverage for hospital, medical and laboratory services, including pre- and post-natal care as well as laboratory and diagnostic services,” the government said in a notice posted on the website of the Department of Citizenship and Immigration over an hour after the minister spoke.
Children under 19 years of age will receive full coverage, while pregnant women will be covered for all but supplemental health benefits…