Dental Fee Reimbursement Rates Remain Status Quo
Dental fees are the amount your dentist charges for the services they provide and, typically, these fees increase on a yearly basis. The ASEBP Trustees have recently completed their annual review of dental fees and increases within Alberta and across Canada. As previously reported, and recently confirmed by the provincial government, fees in Alberta are both unregulated and the highest in Canada. As we await the release of a public dental fee guide (recommendations for fees charged for dental services) by the Government of Alberta, ASEBP Trustees have chosen to continue to hold dental fee reimbursement rates at their 2015 levels for the 2017 benefit plan year (reimbursement rates were also held in 2016 to the 2015 levels). This means that if your dentist raises their rates in 2017, you may see an increase in out-of-pocket expenses.
We will continue to review (and adjust where necessary) the services offered through our Dental Care plans in 2017 to ensure they meet your needs and maintain the plan’s financial stability, including looking to address services that have little to no oral health benefit. Any changes in future years will be based on recommendations developed by thorough, ongoing, evidence-based examination by our Health Benefits Advisory Panel (see page 13 of the 2015 ASEBP Annual Report
for details on the Panel). Watch for more information and ASEBP digital tools coming in the future to assist you in conversations with your dentist and dental hygienist.
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The Past, Present and Future of Claim Balances
Want to know how much you can spend on your next pair of glasses? Think you may have reached your annual maximum for acupuncture but you’re not sure? Never fear, help is at your fingertips! You can now login to your My ASEBP
account to see your vision and Extended Health Claims (EHC) claim maximums right on the landing page. Check out this new feature when you have questions about your allotted annual amounts for services, how much you have left and breakdowns of what you have already spent.
Putting your Health in your Hands
The My ASEBP Mobile App has been redesigned! In addition to a new look and feel, the app is easier to use and allows you to submit Extended Health Care (EHC), Vision, Wellness Spending Accounts (WSA) and Health Spending Accounts (HSA) claims. This mobile app is your one-stop-shop for both future expenses and current health claims anywhere, anytime.
If you already have the app, all you have to do is update. If you’re a first time user, simply search for “ASEBP” in your mobile device’s designated app store. For Apple devices, go to the App Store
; for Android devices, go to the Google Play Store
Health Spending Accounts Just Got Better!
Starting September 1, 2016, if you’re enrolled in Health Spending Account (HSA) Package 1, your wait time for HSA expense payments will be drastically reduced! Eligible expenses will be processed by ASEBP every two business days, meaning that, under normal circumstances, you can expect to receive payment within a week of submitting your expense. The increased payment frequency also means there will no longer be quarterly expense deadlines or quarterly statements for HSA Package 1. You will be able to print your HSA activity on-demand at My ASEBP from the View HSA Activity page
In addition to the payment frequency change, the $50 payment threshold for both HSA Package 1 and 2 will be removed. Now you won’t have to wait until you have accumulated $50 of expenses to have your payment issued.
These changes will apply for your 2016/17 plan-year expenses.
Changes to ASEBP Plan Design
The ASEBP Trustees have approved changes to ASEBP plan design, including:
Have you heard the news?
You can now submit your Extended Health Care and Vision Care claims online through My ASEBP!
- Easily upload receipts and documentation for your claims
- Submit claims anytime, anywhere
- Get reimbursed faster
Login or register today on My ASEBP to access this convenient, new feature!
The Sandbox: Your Space for Healthy School Workplaces
Is staff wellness your thing? Do you find yourself planning wellness activities at work? Are you on a committee designed to boost employee health and wellness? Help is at hand! Check out The Sandbox: Your space for healthy school workplaces to ask questions and be a part of a community of wellness champions across the province. For the full story, check out The Sandbox section in the For Your Health section or visit the site directly at www.TheWellnessSandbox.ca.