What Is the Special Support Program and Why do I Have to Apply For It?

Pension & Benefits
May 28, 2020

The Special Support Program (SSP) is a Saskatchewan Health program that helps residents with high drug costs in relation to their income. The Ministry of Health determines the eligibility for this program based on the income information provided in the application and the ministry’s records. The information you provide on your application is confidential and only shared with the Ministry.

Insurance companies, including Canada Life, need to make sure you are accessing provincial programs first before utilizing their services. So when your pharmacist asks you to apply for the SSP, it’s important to follow these steps:

  1. Complete and submit your application to the Saskatchewan Drug Plan’s Special Support Program (instructions are on the application).
  2. In six to eight weeks, the Ministry will notify you by letter whether you’ve been approved or not.
  3. Send a copy of this letter to Canada Life by email to sdppharmacare@gwl.ca. Include your name and the Plan and Member ID found on your Members’ Health Plan benefit card.

Failure to apply to the SSP could result in your prescription drug benefits being suspended, so it’s important to apply and follow the steps above. If you have any questions, please contact the STF Health Plan. Individuals or families covered under federal government programs are not eligible for the Special Support Program. If this applies to you, contact Canada Life’s Pharmacare line at 1-866-238-2891.