Inner Good is Officially an Approved Ostomy Supply Vendor for Ontario Disability Support Program
Inner Good has served as an important resource for medical supplies and lifestyle advice for ostomates residing in Ontario for quite some time now, but as of April 2018, we are proud to announce that we are now an officially approved vendor under the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Below, we detail everything you need to know about taking advantage of this exciting development, along with some general information about how the ODSP applies to your unique needs.
What You Need to Know About the Ontario Disability Support Program as it Applies to Getting Your Ostomy Supplies
Qualified Individuals Receive Up to $1,300 Per Year
Given that Ontario is the province with the largest population in the country, it has the largest overall population of those living with a stoma. This demand has resulted in one of the better assistance programs in Canada. Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program provides ostomy supply coverage of up $975 per year. However, if you qualify for the Ontario Disability Support Program, you get an extra $325 of coverage. That’s right, the ODSP grants you up to a total of $1,300 per ostomy, per year.
Who Qualifies for the Ontario Disability Support Program?
The first step is to determine your eligibility for the ODSP. Here are the qualifications:
You must be at least 18 years of age – You may begin the application process up to six months before your 18th birthday.
You must be an Ontario resident – You can establish bona fide residency in Ontario as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for a period of 12 consecutive months prior to registration in the year for which application is being made. If you’re unsure about your Ontario residency status, you may reference this provincial guide.
You must be in financial need – An ODSP caseworker will determine financial need status if it can be proven that the costs of your household’s basic living expenses are more than your household’s income and assets.
You must meet the ODSP’s definition of a person with a disability – Your ODSP caseworker will make this determination as per the guidelines dictated within the updated ODSP Act. Alternatively, you may qualify as a member of a Prescribed Class. View Ontario’s definition of a Prescribed Class here.
What Supplies Can Eligible Ostomates Receive Under ODSP?
Now that you know you qualify for ODSP, you need to know what ostomy supplies are covered under the $1300 umbrella. Thankfully, the list is quite robust. The program helps cover the costs of supplies (pouches and accessories) for permanent ostomies, including:
- Permanent Colostomy
- Ileal Conduit
- Urinary Continent Reservoir/Pouch
Once you’ve accessed the above resources to confirm your eligibility within the ODSP program, you can complete the form here to apply for ostomy supply coverage. But first, there’s more good news.
Inner Good Offers Direct Billing – You Don’t Have to Pay Up Front!
The Ontario ostomy community couldn’t be happier with the latest news about Inner Good becoming an officially approved vendor for ODSP. Not only do you, an ostomate, gain access to the biggest, best, and most price competitive selection of ostomy supplies in Canada, you no longer have to pay out of pocket.
When we confirm that you qualify for the ODSP, you are permitted to shop from us directly, while we direct bill ODSP. You get to hold on to your cash and credit without waiting for reimbursement. We will also inform you once your credit has been used up.
Stay tuned as we continue to update you on exciting new developments in Ontario and across Canada. Our goal is to become the top patient resource in the country for ostomy information and supplies. If you have any questions about your status as a stoma recipient and ODSP, or anything else for that matter, feel free to contact us anytime.