Tentative Agreement Reached on Public Service Health Care Plan
The bargaining agents through the Partners Committee have come to a tentative agreement with Treasury Board on changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP).
Summary of Changes
- Deductibles for all PSHCP members (active and retired) will be removed as of January 1, 2015. The $100 per family or $60 for a single member will no longer be required.
- Three new benefits to begin as of October 1, 2014:
- Laser eye surgery to be included under the plan with a lifetime cap of $1,000
- Repairs and replacement parts for CPAP (sleep apnea) machines to be covered up to $300 per year
- Increase the psychological services cap to $2,000 from $1,000
- Current and future pensioners will move to paying 50% of PSHCP premiums. This will be phased in over four years, starting on April 1, 2015.
- Regardless of age, current retirees with incomes that make them eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (approximately $16,728 for a single person and $22,080 for a couple) will continue to pay only 25% of the premiums.
- Six-year service requirement to access retiree benefits. This will apply to current employees with the following exceptions:
- All current retirees and deferred annuitants
- Veterans’ Affairs Client Group as described in the plan
- Medical retirees, permanently disabled retirees
- Spouses and dependents of employees who die with less than 6 years’ service
- Members with more than 2 years’ service who are separated as a result of the Workforce Adjustment Appendix (WFAA)
- Letter of Understanding committing to ongoing negotiations of the PSHCP with a written commitment from the Employer not to bring any negative changes to the table before March 2019.
This is a very positive outcome in light of the Federal Government’s threat to legislate changes on active and retired plan members. We expect the Federal Government to approve the agreement today.
Daniel J Boulet
Business Manager / Financial Secretary