12/17/2013 12:28 EST | Updated 02/16/2014 05:59 EST

Health Coverage For Alberta Travellers Headed Out Of The Country Extended

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EDMONTON - Travellers from Alberta can now stay outside Canada for seven months a year without losing their health-care privileges.

That's a month longer than the current limit of six months.

Dave Quest, associate minister for seniors, says the change takes effect immediately.

He says it allows Albertans to travel for longer periods of time without worrying about health coverage.

The change puts Alberta in line with Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba.

Albertans who plan to be out of the province for extended periods are urged to contact Alberta Health to make sure their coverage remains current.

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