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Attention current permanent OSSTF Education Workers: If you held a permanent position at May 22, 2021 and at September 1, 2021 — you are eligible for the $1,000 OSSTF ELHT Health Spending Account credit.  Funds must be claimed by August 31, 2022. For more information about the HSA click here – https://www.osstfbenefits.ca/osstf-hsa/

Your OSSTF Benefits Health Spending Account

November 30, 2021

This is a friendly reminder that you have a Health Spending Account (HSA) as part of your OSSTF ELHT Benefits. The HSA is set to expire August 31st, 2022. Don’t miss out on an amazing benefit available to you that so many of your colleagues have enjoyed.

If you’ve been using your HSA already, congratulations! You’ve seen just how helpful this benefit is.

If you haven’t used your HSA yet or have only used a portion of the $1,000 balance, then you still have funds available to help you pay for medical expenses that are not covered by the OSSTF Benefits Plan or other benefits you may have available to you.

 

What is a Health Spending Account?

A Health Spending Account (HSA) is an account that is set up and funded as part of your benefits plan. A one-time, $1,000 contribution has been made to your account. These funds can be used to reimburse eligible medical expenses for you and your dependants.

 

What’s so great about an HSA?

The best feature of your HSA is flexibility.

 

How do I use my HSA?

It’s easy! When you have a healthcare expense that isn’t covered or is not fully covered by benefits available to you, simply submit your out-of-pocket expense as claim to your Blendable HSA. We’ll make sure everything checks out and reimburse you accordingly.

Submitting a claim is three short steps and can all be done though your online Member Centre. Claims are paid in a few days and payments can be deposited directly to your bank account.

 

How does my Blendable HSA fit in with my other benefits?

OSSTF Benefits has provided this Health Spending Account in addition to your coverage under the OSSTF ELHT Benefits Plan.

Your colleagues are already using their HSA to cover expenses like:

  • Extra pairs of prescription glasses;
  • More frequent massages;
  • Orthodontics;
  • Member contributions towards the cost of health and/or dental benefit premiums. In order to claim this, you can submit pay stubs showing the member paid portion of the health and/or dental premium.
  • And more!

 

Who is Blendable?

Blendable is your HSA administrator. OSSTF Benefits has trusted us to take care of this unique part of your OSSTF ELHT Benefits Plan.

  • Our Claims Team processes claims, ensures they are eligible under CRA guidelines, and reimburses you accordingly.
  • Our Customer Experience Team is always ready to help with plain language explanations about the sometimes-complicated world of benefits.

 

What if I have not yet enrolled in the Blendable HSA?

For assistance in enrolling please contact your Blendable Customer Experience Team or call 1-888-896-9564 for assistance.

 

I’ve still got questions. Who can I talk to?

Try as we might, we can’t explain everything in one email.

If this sparks some questions, your Blendable OSSTF Benefits Help Centre has answers to the most common HSA questions.

If you need further clarification or have any other inquiries, we’ve got a dedicated support form and phone number for your Blendable Customer Experience Team. We’re standing by!

 

The current OSSTF Central Agreement for Education Workers includes provisions for temporary enhancements to the OSSTF benefits Education Workers Plan.  This temporary enhancement resulted in the OSSTF Benefits Health Spending Account (HSA) being implemented effective September 1, 2020 for OSSTF Permanent Education Workers who were eligible for benefits when the OSSTF Central Agreement for Education Workers was ratified, May 22, 2020, and at the implementation of the HSA benefit, September 1, 2020.  As this provision was not included in the OSSTF Central Agreement for Teachers, the HSA does not apply to OSSTF Teachers.

 


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