Improved coverage for most prescription drugs
We have made changes to improve coverage for most prescription drugs starting January 1, 2022. Eligible retired members will have a grace period to transition to the new drug plan.
The Public Service Pension Board of Trustees monitors retirement group health benefits and related costs. The board has completed a full review of the health benefits program to ensure its sustainability. The board will be making changes to extended health care, specifically the coverage for prescription drugs, which will take effect on January 1, 2022.
You can learn about the changes by reviewing all pages in this guide. If you are directly affected by these changes, Green Shield Canada will send you a letter between October 2021 and January 2022 to outline next steps and options.
If you live outside of BC, there will be no changes to drug coverage for you.
If you are still working, your premiums for extended health care and dental coverage are likely paid for in full or in part by your employer. However, when you retire, that coverage ends. You can apply for optional extended health care and dental coverage when you apply for your pension. To learn more, you can take a short online course or register for the Approaching Retirement webinar.
If you are currently retired and not participating in the health benefits program, you may be eligible to enrol if you have maintained continual coverage in another extended health care plan. You can learn more by visiting Retirement health coverage.
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BC PharmaCare formulary search
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GSC drug authorization list and forms