Victory: PSAC secures important gains in new Public Service Health Care Plan agreement

PSAC has successfully negotiated long overdue improvements to the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP), which provides benefits to most federal public service workers and retirees.

As part of the agreement, PSAC secured improvements to vision care and massage therapy benefits. Plan members will also see a major increase to psychological services, as well as an expansion of eligible psychological practitioners covered. Acupuncture will now be covered when performed by a licensed acupuncturist, and a prescription will no longer be required to access paramedical benefits like massage therapy or chiropractic treatment.

PSAC also won a significant victory to protect the rights of 2SLGBTQIA+ members, increasing coverage for gender-affirming care and procedures.

These improvements reflect priorities identified by PSAC’s membership during a comprehensive survey. The changes will take effect on July 1, 2023.

The PSHCP hadn’t been reviewed since 2006 and needed significant updates, especially to reflect increased health care service costs.

PSAC negotiates the health care plan directly with Treasury Board, alongside other bargaining agents of the National Joint Council  and the National Association of Federal Retirees, representing retired members. This is done outside the regular bargaining process for collective agreements. This final agreement is subject to Treasury Board approval.

Detailed list of benefits improvements

Vision care

Paramedical practitioners

Increase annual maximum eligible amounts for:

Hospital and emergency coverage

Drug coverage

Miscellaneous expense benefits

Increase maximum eligible amounts for:

Coverage for diabetic conditions

Other benefit amendments

Amendments to retirement benefits

Amendments to coverage during leaves and other definitions

Amendments to drug coverage and pharmacist fees