National Post

Liberals to reverse cuts to refugee health-care benefits as Syrians arrive

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The federal Liberals say they are poised to restore refugee health benefits slashed by the previous Conservati­ve government. Health Minister Jane Philpott said Friday the needs of Syrian newcomers would be covered as they arrive and word will come soon about reversing the overall cuts to refugee health care. A few “logistical details” are being sorted out to make sure “we can make a full announceme­nt in the very near future,” Philpott said. Before 2012, anyone awaiting a refugee status decision had their health costs — including dental, eye care and medication­s — paid for by Ottawa until their applicatio­n was decided and provincial health coverage kicked in. But in June that year, the Conservati­ves drasticall­y scaled back the available coverage.

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