Retirement benefits for 75 and over

Participation is extended to any person in receipt of a pension from the Superannuation Fund, Legislative Assembly, Manitoba Nurses Union or Province of Manitoba and its affiliated agencies. This includes spouses and eligible dependent children. Retired Manitoba public sector employees who are not in receipt of a pension will be allowed to participate. Premiums are to be paid monthly by an automated deduction from a registered financial institution. You must enroll according to your true family status. Once enrolled, you may reduce your coverage at any time, but coverage cannot be increased.

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Choose the coverage most suitable for your needs and protect yourself and your family against the rising cost of health care services.

Please note that benefits marked with an asterisk (*) in the coverages below require a prescription from a qualified practitioner to be eligible for reimbursement.

Option 1

Includes Ambulance and Hospital benefits

Did you know that a single ambulance trip costs upwards of $500 and is not covered by Manitoba Health? With our Ambulance and Hospital plan, you'll have 100 per cent coverage for unlimited emergency ambulance trips in the province, including charges when an ambulance is called and treatment occurs on-site. No need to pay ambulance costs up front: we have a unique arrangement within Manitoba that allows ambulance service providers to bill us directly - just show your card to the driver. You'll also have coverage for stretcher service in addition to hospital and medical hostel accommodation.

Your coverage includes, but is not limited to the following:

Ambulance

100% reimbursement, reasonable and customary charges within Manitoba and up to $250 per trip outside Manitoba, unlimited emergency ambulance trips in the province

Hospital

100% reimbursement, semi-private accommodation

Monthly subscription rates

Subject to change
Single
Couple
Family
$2.99
$5.80
$6.10

Option 2

Includes Option 1 benefits and Extended Health

Our Extended Health plan was specifically designed to supplement Manitoba Health by providing you with coverage for paramedical practitioners such as physiotherapists, clinical psychologists, podiatrists and more. We also provide coverage for products like orthopedic shoes and services like private duty nursing and foot care nursing, and we're one of the only carriers in the province to provide reimbursement for cardiac rehabilitation.

Benefits also include BlueNet Point of Sale Prescription Drug Coverage, which we've integrated with the provincial drug program. We have an in-depth understanding of the Manitoba Pharmacare program, which ensures you receive prompt and accurate reimbursements of your claims. Simply present your Manitoba Blue Cross card to the pharmacist at point of purchase and your claim will be processed while you wait.

Your coverage includes, but is not limited to the following:

Prescription Drugs

80% coverage up to a maximum of $1,500 per certificate per year, $10 dispensing fee cap

Athletic Therapy

80% coverage up to a maximum of $100 per person per year

Cardiac Rehabilitation*

80% coverage up to a maximum of $300 per person per lifetime

Clinical Psychologist, Podiatrist (or Foot Care Nurse), Nutritional Counsellor, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor

80% coverage up to a combined maximum of $750 per person per year

Orthopedic Shoes*

80% coverage up to a maximum of $300 per person per year

Private Duty Nursing*

80% coverage up to a maximum of $3,000 per person per year

Hearing Aids*

80% coverage up to a maximum of $1,000 per person per 5 years

Travel Health

Charges for medical, surgical and hospital services resulting from accident or illness while travelling out of the province up to a maximum of $2,500 per person per year

Monthly subscription rates

Subject to change
Single
Couple
Family
$63.03
$114.67
$120.25

Option 3

Includes Option 2 benefits with the addition of enhanced Extended Health, Vision and Dental benefits

Manitoba Blue Cross is the largest provider of dental coverage to Manitobans, further evidence that we are a trusted name in the province. Your retiree dental plan includes services like routine exams, cleanings, fillings, root canals, gum surgery and more. We even cover specialist fee guides. To make the claims process as convenient as possible, all dentists are provided the option of billing us directly.

This option incudes enhanced extended health services, including coverage for acupuncture, massage therapy, naturopathy and osteopathy.

This option also includes coverage for eyeglasses (frames and/or lenses) including replacements and repairs, contact lenses, laser eye surgery and eye exams.

Your coverage includes, but is not limited to the following:

Extended health benefits
Paramedicals from option 2 with the addition of Acupuncture, Massage Therapist, Naturopath, Osteopath

80% coverage up to a combined maximum of $750 per person per year

Vision benefits
Eye Exams

100% coverage up to a maximum of $100 per person every 2 years based on date of service

Vision Coverage*

100% coverage up to a maximum of $150 per person every 2 years based on date of service

Dental benefits
Recall Exams

2 per year

Complete Exams & Denture Relines/Rebases

Once every 3 years

Cleaning and Fluoride Treatments

1 unit of polishing twice per year and up to 2 fluoride applications per year

Periodontic and Endodontic Treatment

Included

Maximum

80% coverage up to a maximum of $750 per person per year

Monthly subscription rates

Subject to change
Single
Couple
Family
$94.28
$177.32
$192.70

Option 4

Includes Option 3 benefits with enhanced Extended Health, Vision and Dental benefits

Higher maximums for vision and paramedical services. Enhanced dental coverage includes inlays, onlays, jackets, crowns, bridges, dentures and implants. Orthodontic coverage is also included for children under 18. Your coverage includes, but is not limited to the following:

Prescription drugs
Prescription drugs

80% coverage up to a maximum of $2,000 per certificate per year, $12.50 dispensing fee cap

Extended health benefits
Paramedicals from option 3 with enhanced coverage

80% coverage up to a combined maximum of $1,000 per person per year

Vision benefits
Eye exams

100% coverage up to a maximum of $100 per person every 2 years based on date of service

Vision coverage*

100% coverage up to a maximum of $250 per person every 2 years based on date of service

Dental benefits
Major Dental coverage

60% coverage up to a maximum of $750 per person per year

Jackets, Crowns, Bridges, Inlays, Onlays

One tooth every 5 years

Implants

One implant per tooth per lifetime

Partial or Complete Dentures

One every 5 years

Orthodontics (for dependent children up to age 18)
Orthodontic coverage

50% up to a maximum of $2,000 per child per lifetime

Monthly subscription rates

Subject to change
Single
Couple
Family
$114.11
$218.01
$243.02
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How to enroll

To take advantage of this retiree coverage, you must apply within 60 days of your official retirement date. If you are currently covered as a dependent under your spouse's plan, you must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage.

To enroll, simply complete the application form and send to Manitoba Blue Cross:

Mail:

Manitoba Blue Cross
Attn: Client Administration
PO Box 1046 Stn Main
Winnipeg MB R3C 2X7

Fax:

Attn: Client Administration

204.772.1231

Email:

Attn: Client Administration

info@mb.bluecross.ca

  • Your new coverage will become effective on the first day of the month following your date of retirement. If you did not have Manitoba Blue Cross coverage, but were covered under a spousal plan, you will be eligible for coverage the first of the month following the date of spousal termination of coverage.
  • To ensure plan viability, you will not be permitted to upgrade or rejoin after you have opted out unless due to newly obtained client coverage (within 60 days). In order to rejoin you must have lost alternate coverage and provide documentation within 60 days of loss of coverage.

Still have questions? Contact us.

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  • You are our priority. As a not-for-profit, we prioritize you, not the bottom line. Every dollar we make is reinvested back into our products and services, as well as our communities and people.
  • Your mental health is important to us. Mental health is an intrinsic part of health and well-being, as much as dental and vision care. That’s why we support you with mental health coverage in several of our plans, including professional counselling.
  • You get comprehensive, specialized coverage. With a Manitoba Blue Cross plan, you get the coverage you need, including specialized offerings, such as foot care nurse, athletic therapy coverage, hostel care and treat-no-transport ambulance coverage. We also offer paramedical benefits such as homeopathy, osteopath and nutritional counselling.
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  • Your convenience is key. With direct billing, your health care costs can often be paid directly to the service providers, so you are not out of pocket while you wait for reimbursement.