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Health Care Spending Account & Claim Submission Requirements

January 25, 2019

Upcoming Submission Deadline!

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that if you have claims from the 2018 benefit year that you have not yet claimed against your HCSA balance, there is a 90 day claims run-off period to submit these claims.When is the deadline?

2018 claims must be received by Great-West Life prior to March 31st, 2019 to be claimed against your 2018 HCSA dollars. Any unused 2018 benefit dollars remaining after this period will be forfeited.

What are covered expenses?

The HCSA can be used to cover a range of benefits not normally covered under other types of group benefits plans or by provincial medical plans.

You are covered for 100% of eligible expenses that you incur while you and your dependents are covered, up to the total amount of dollars in your HCSA.

The Income Tax Act governs the types of expenses that can be reimbursed under the HCSA. This includes medical or dental services provided by a:

  • Licensed medical practitioner;
  • Dentist; or
  • Public or licensed private hospital.

Please visit www.canada.ca and search on medical expenses for a complete list.

When does my HCSA refresh?

On January 1st, 2019 your HCSA refreshed based on the Flex Option you have chosen and part-time/full-time status where applicable. Please visit www.greatwestlife.com to review your claims history and obtain your HCSA statement including balance.

What happens if I have excess claims from 2018?

Under the HCSA, you can carry forward claims up to 12 months from the date of service. This means if you had more 2018 expenses than you had 2018 HCSA dollars, you can carry forward those claims for reimbursement against your 2019 HCSA balance.

Supporting Your Wellness

The LifeWorks website offers a wealth of information and resources to help you make the most of all aspects of your life.

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Making small changes to your health can last a lifetime. LifeWorks features a variety of resources and tools to promote health and wellness, personal health habits, workplace health, and mind-body tools. .

Be sure to visit www.lifeworks.com to take advantage of the 2019 content, including videos, podcasts, audio tips and much more.

For the RRC EFAP User ID and password, please contact Human Resources Services at 204-632-2319, refer to one of the EFAP posters around campus, or click here.