Local 213 Electrical Workers’ Welfare Plan processes your Dental claims (not Pacific Blue Cross). Identity cards are not issued. The Dental Care benefit is essentially a Healthcare Spending Account and the Welfare Plan office does not approve pre-determinations/pre-authorizations for procedures. If you/the Member has a sufficient balance to cover the service(s), and it is not an ineligible expense*, the Plan will reimburse. Due to privacy reasons, Member account balances will not be revealed to your Dental office, only to the Member.
A friendly reminder the deadline to submit 2023 dental, optical and hearing aid claims is March 31, 2024.
Effective Jan 1, 2024: Hearing Aid claims are to be reimbursed by Pacific Blue Cross ($1,000/3 calendar years) and should be submitted to the insurer if the date of service is on/after that date.
The annual dental allowances are summarized in the table below:
Prior to Jan 1, 2024: $2,500 dental/hearing aids (per family per year)**
Effective Jan 1, 2024: $2,800 dental (per family per year)**, Hearing aid coverage moved to Pacific Blue Cross
|Not Applicable (Not Covered)||
$1,500/family combined per calendar year (with optical)
Effective Jan 1, 2024: Hearing aid coverage moved to Pacific Blue Cross
Dental Claim Requirements
Payment will be made on presentation of the following:
- An ORIGINAL PAID RECEIPT and
- An ORIGINAL STANDARD DENTAL CLAIM FORM which shows
- the date of service,
- amount of payment
- name of member (or dependent)
- If there is another plan involved with a claim (i.e. spouse’s plan), members must provide copies of this coverage along with the above originals.
Payment for dental can be made directly to your dentist. Your dentist must call the Welfare Plan office to have this arrangement set up. Expenses will be applied to the Member’s annual account balance based on the later of the date of service/proof of payment.
- *Ineligible expenses: Unnecessary or cosmetic dentistry, including bleaching and veneers, are not covered by this Plan except with the consent of the Plan Trustees.
- Any dental expenses resulting from an accidental injury are covered under your extended heath plan, please check your Pacific Blue Cross brochure for details.
Please be advised that the Plan Trustees have the ability to pro-rate coverage.
**Members with less than four (4) months of coverage in the calendar year will be pro-rated to 1/12 of the dental limit for each month of coverage.
- How does dental expense pro-ration work? EWWP Breakdown of Pro-Rating on Dental
Effective Jan 1, 2024: submit claims to Pacific Blue Cross for reimbursement. Please check your Pacific Blue Cross brochure for details.
Submitting Dental Claims
The benefits office will accept claims by mail, e-mail, or fax for optical. Please keep your original receipts in case we ask to see them.
The following documents and information are required for reimbursement:
- Original Paid Receipt and,
- Standard Dental Claim Form (dental only)
- Member’s Name
- Member’s Address (full Street Address, City, Province, and Postal Code)
Please send or ask the dental office to send PDF, JPEG or fax copies of the required documents.
Alternatively, we have direct reimbursement available for dental offices. To take advantage of direct reimbursement, your dental office should contact the Welfare Plan office for the required information.
Fax: (604) 571-6544
Local 213 Electrical Workers’ Welfare Plan
1424 Broadway Street
Port Coquitlam, B.C.
The last day of payment for dental claims will be March 31st of the following year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a Standard Dental Claim Form and how do I get one?
A: A Standard Dental Claim Form outlines the work performed by the dentist and is supplied by the dental office.