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New PSHCP pensioner contribution rates

March 13, 2019

 

The Treasury Board has announced the new PSHCP monthly contribution rates that will come into effect April 1, 2019.

The contribution rates for retired members of the PSHCP with Supplementary coverage will be adjusted on April 1, 2019, to meet this year’s 50% : 50% (retired member : employer) cost-sharing ratio. PSHCP contribution rates are based on pensioner costs under the Plan over the preceding year – rates increase when overall pensioner costs to the Plan have increased.

The following tables break down the contribution rates by the Extended Health Provision (EHP) and Hospital Provision (HP) with a total amount paid by the pensioner each month. The tables compare 2018 rates (left) with the new rates for 2019 (right).

 

Single Rate


Single Rate

2018

Single Rate

2019

Type of Coverage

EHP

HP

Total

EHP

HP

Total

Hospital Level I

$58.31

$0.00

$58.31

$60.33

$0.00

$60.33

Hospital Level II

$58.31

$16.56

$74.87

$60.33

$16.56

$76.89

Hospital Level III

$58.31

$45.41

$103.72

$60.33

$45.41

$105.74


Family Rate


Family Rate

2018

Family Rate

2019

Type of Coverage

EHP

HP

Total

EHP

HP

Total

Hospital Level I

$115.06

$0.00

$115.06

$119.57

$0.00

$119.57

Hospital Level II

$115.06

$16.56

$131.62

$119.57

$16.56

$136.13

Hospital Level III

$115.06

$45.41

$160.47

$119.57

$45.41

$164.98


Relief Provision for Pensioners

If you joined the PSHCP as a retired member on or before March 31, 2015, relief from increasing PSHCP rates may be available if you are or become a recipient of a Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), or if your net or joint net income is lower than the GIS thresholds. The PSHCP Relief Provision can allow you to retain the 25:75 (retiree: employer) monthly contribution cost-sharing model. Find out who can and how to apply.



Relief Provision

Single Rate 2018

Relief Provision

Single Rate 2019

Type of Coverage

EHP

HP

Total

EHP

HP

Total

Hospital Level I

$29.16

$0.00

$29.61

$30.17

$0.00

$30.17

Hospital Level II

$29.16

$16.56

$45.72

$30.17

$16.56

$46.73

Hospital Level III

$29.16

$45.41

$74.57

$30.17

$45.41

$75.58


Relief Provision

Family Rate 2018

Relief Provision

Family Rate 2019

Type of Coverage

EHP

HP

Total

EHP

HP

Total

Hospital Level I

$57.53

$0.00

$57.53

$59.79

$0.00

$59.79

Hospital Level II

$57.53

$16.56

$74.09

$59.79

$16.56

$76.35

Hospital Level III

$57.53

$45.41

$102.94

$59.79

$45.41

$105.20


The new contribution rates will begin to be taken from the March 28, 2019 pension cheques.

Federal Retirees is continuing its legal action to have the courts declare the government’s actions on the PSHCP unlawful. We had our say in Federal Court in April 2017, and an unfavourable decision from the Court in August 2017 – but we’re not done yet. The National Association of Federal Retirees appealed the Court’s decision in November 2018, and we’re awaiting a decision. Learn more about the background on the Association’s PSHCP legal action now.

In the meantime, be sure to spread the word about membership with Federal Retirees. As a not-for-profit advocacy organization, we have strength in numbers and your membership matters.

The larger our Association becomes, the stronger our voice – and the more effectively we can speak on behalf of federal retirees. Tell your federal retiree friends to enroll today.

 

 







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