Health Spending Account guide

The Health Spending Account (HSA) is an amount that you can use for payment of medical expenses not covered under your basic health and dental plans. You can find information about the HSA on the Medavie Blue Cross website at http://web.medavie.bluecross.ca/en/groups/additional-options/health-spending-accounts-hsa.

The claim year for the HSA is consistent with the academic year, running from July 1 to June 30. Claims must be submitted within 90 days of the end of the claim year (i.e. by September 30 each year). Unused balances from the HSA will carry forward for one year only, and then will be forfeited, so it is important to be sure you use all of your HSA entitlement. You can access your entire yearly allocation of $500 immediately after July 1. To see your current HSA balance, go to http://web.medavie.bluecross.ca/en/index and log into your Medavie Blue Cross account (or create an online account if you do not have one).

One of the easiest ways to make sure you use all of your HSA entitlements is to claim your health and dental plan premiums. Most DFA members pay premiums of more than $100 per month, which are automatically deducted from your paycheque and so will be in a position to claim the benefit before December, each year. By claiming your health and dental plan premiums, it will be possible to use your entire $500 benefit with one submission.

To verify the amount you have paid and to print out a proof payment, check Dal Online ( https://dalonline.dal.ca/ ) (For questions concerning access to Dal Online or other employee information please email WebforEmployees@Dal.Ca or call (902) 494-3700 between 8:30am- 5:00pm, Mon-Fri.)

  • Under the “Web for Employees” page choose the “Benefits and Deductions” tab.
  • From the Benefits and Deductions page, click on “Health and Dental Insurance”
  • Click on “Contributions or Deductions” for each of your Dental Plan and your Major Medical Plan. This will take you to a page with your name on it and a list of your deductions for the year. Blue Cross will accept this printout as proof of payment. Please note: there are other pages that itemize deductions, but do not include your name; Blue Cross will only accept printouts that include your name.
  • Once you have your proof of payment, complete the claim form available here.
  • Submit the completed claim form to Blue Cross, either by mail or through one of their QuickPay Offices where you can be reimbursed immediately for an eligible claim without having to wait for reimbursement by mail. (locations and hours below) It is not yet possible to submit claims electronically.

Blue Cross Nova Scotia QuickPay Centres are open from Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • Dartmouth: 230 Brownlow Ave, in the Burnside Industrial Park. Call 1-800-667-4511.
  • Halifax: Barrington Tower, Scotia Square, 1894 Barrington Street. Call 1-800-667-4511.