Here are your end-of-year benefit reminders for 2023

As we near the end of yet another year, we have some tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your benefits.   

Extended Health Claims Deadline  

If you have any outstanding extended health claims (everything from healthcare services, medical equipment purchases, hearing or vision care) between January 1 to December 31, 2022, you must claim these reimbursements with Sun Life no later than December 31, 2023.  

To learn how to submit claims, please visit the Making a claim page.  

Dental Claims Deadline  

To be considered for reimbursement, dental claims must be received by Sun Life no later than one year from the date of service. For example, if you made a dental claim on November 27, 2022, Sun Life must receive the claim no later than November 26, 2023.  

To learn how to submit claims, please visit the Making a claim page.  

Health Spending Account Claims Deadline  

This benefit is relevant for Faculty, Management & Professional, IUOE 115 members, BCGEU Vancouver (Child Care), BCGEU Okanagan, CUPE 116 (amount increased on Jan. 1, 2023, from $350 to $500), and CUPE 2950 members only.  

While there are some changes coming to our Health Spending Accounts (HSA) in 2024 (see our story for more detail), the last chance to use your 2023 amounts is fast approaching. 

If you have unpaid extended health and/or dental care claims dated between January 1 to December 31, 2023, that you would like reimbursed from your HSA, they must be received by Sun Life no later than March 31, 2024 (that is, 90 days after December 31, 2023). After March 31, 2024, 2023 claims for extended health and/or dental are no longer eligible for submission under the Health Spending Account plan. 

Please note the deadline for submitting HSA claims is different than the deadline for extended health plan claims.  

Not sure what to use your HSA on? Your HSA can provide reimbursement for expenses not covered by extended health and dental care plans. Apply for unpaid expenses toward your HSA credits by submitting an extended health claim form online via the Sun Life Plan Member website or through the Sun Life Mobile App.  

For more information on your HSA, including information on eligible expenses and how to submit claims, visit the Health Spending Account page.  

Keep your information up to date 

When the calendar clicks over to 2024, it is a good time to review all your benefits information and make sure it is up to date. Have there been any changes to your dependents on the plan? Perhaps someone has left school, or maybe there is a new addition to the family? You can also review your optional benefits, including Optional Life insurance for you and your spouse. 

Thankfully, you can easily see a snapshot of your benefits through Workday, and check if any changes are needed. See View My Benefits in the Workday Knowledge Base for guidance on how to do this. 

Take a look at the new benefits 

One last recommendation; It has been a busy year, with a range of new benefits becoming available in 2023 and even more benefits becoming available in 2024. We have summarized the changes from 2023 and next year – all so you can better understand the benefits available to you and your dependents.  


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