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Double trouble

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Date: 2010

A woman was sent to the United States to give birth to twins, due to a lack of space at her local hospital. The babies were born prematurely and required extensive medical care.

The mother was told the babies would be given OHIP coverage for one year, but she would have to obtain Canadian citizenship for them because they were born in the U.S. She then learned the citizenship application would not likely be processed before the OHIP coverage ran out.

The mother turned to the Ombudsman for help in asking OHIP to extend the babies’ coverage. After our Office intervened, OHIP gave the twins another six months’ coverage to allow enough time for their citizenship application to be processed.