Extended Health Plan for Retirees

The Retiree Health Plan covers a broad range of Health related services to protect you and your dependents. There is no Dental coverage or Vision coverage for lenses/frames in retirement.

You are eligible to apply for coverage under this plan if you are at least age 50 and have had at least 5 continuous years of service in a public school division immediately prior to retirement .

You must apply within 90 days of retiring (even if you weren’t participating in an active plan before retirement), or within 90 days from the end of your active coverage. Late applications will not be accepted.

A retiree can also apply for coverage within 90 days following the loss of alternate group coverage (if the retiree can provide documentation confirming the date the other coverage was lost).

The application can be accessed below and should be sent directly to Blue Cross at the address on the form. Coverage starts the first of the month following the date Blue Cross receives your application. Blue Cross will collect the monthly deposit rates from your bank account.

Please note that there is an enhancement to your Travel Health coverage. For departure dates starting on January 1, 2019 and later, you will be covered for 90 days while you are out of the country (instead of 60 days).

You will see a slight rise in your monthly Health premium rates as a result of this increased coverage – an additional $2.75 per month for single coverage and $5.50 per month for family coverage.

Monthly rates effective January 1, 2019 are:

  • If you participated in an active plan immediately prior to retirement:
    • $101.60 single / $203.20 family
  • If you were not participating in an active plan immediately prior to retirement (or you are applying more than 90 days after retirement but within 90 days of losing alternate group coverage):
    • $109.10 single / $218.20 family

Winnipeg Association of Non-Teaching Employees (WANTE) retirees are only eligible for the WANTE Retiree Health Plan – please see below. The change to the Travel Health benefit outlined above does not apply.

If you joined the Retiree Health Plan prior to January 1, 2008, Travel Health coverage was optional so it may not be included in your plan. Your Blue Cross ID card will tell you if you have Travel Coverage. If you cannot locate your card you can print a new one on the Blue Cross website.

For details of your coverage, please click on the applicable link below:

Winnipeg Association of Non-Teaching Employees (WANTE) Retiree Health Plan

For retired WANTE employees the booklet and application can be accessed below. It should be sent directly to Blue Cross at the address on the form. Coverage starts the first of the month following the date Blue Cross receives your application. Blue Cross will collect the monthly deposit rates from your bank account.

Monthly rates effective September 1, 2018 are:

  • $58.65 single
  • $117.30 family

For details of your coverage, please click on the applicable link below: