As a result of the pandemic, the federal government has introduced several temporary measures related to the PDSP and PSHCP that are still in effect.
PDSP COVID-19 update
On June 25, 2020, the Government of Canada announced that it is implementing a temporary extension of dependent children’s eligibility under the Pensioners’ Dental Services Plan (PDSP), in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 temporary administrative measures for the PDSP will end March 31, 2023.
The Government of Canada notes that coverage for some dependent children may expire during the suspension of non-emergency dental services, preventing them from receiving required dental services or treatments.
For more information on this temporary administrative measure, please read the notice from the Government of Canada.
PSHCP COVID-19 update
On April 24, 2020, the Government of Canada extended certain temporary changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP) put in place on March 24, 2020, and implemented additional temporary changes that remain in effect until non-critical business is authorized to resume or as indicated otherwise.
These temporary changes to the PSHCP affect the following provisions:
- Emergency Benefit While Travelling
- Drug Benefit
- Medical Practitioners Benefit