Health with Optional Hospital Insurance

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The Extended Health Care (EHC) Plan covers many medical expenses not eligible under government plans, such as vision care, hearing aids, practitioners and drug coverage, which is often a family’s single largest health care expense.


Covered expenses:

Prescription Drugs (100% co-insurance): 

  • Generic drugs that legally require a prescription and are dispensed by a pharmacist are eligible. If no generic drug/interchangeable drug is available, the prescription will be reimbursed based on the brand-name drug.
  • The calendar year maximum is $3,000, with a lifetime maximum of $60,000 per insured.

  • Coverage for vaccines (approved by Health Canada, not provincially funded)

The plan does not cover:

  • Fertility drugs, treatment for erectile dysfunction, smoking cessation aids, or anabolic steroids;

  • Drugs that can be purchased without a physician’s prescription (some exceptions may apply).

Benefits at 80% co-insurance:

  • Vision Care
    • Prescription eyewear (lenses, frames, and contact lenses) and laser eye surgery to a maximum of $225, and one eye exam, every two calendar years (one year for dependent children).
  • Professional Services
    • Services of a licensed physiotherapist, chiropractor, chiropodist, osteopath, speech therapist, podiatrist, or registered massage therapist as recommended by a physician to a maximum of $500 per calendar year per practitioner.
    • In addition, $50 for one X-ray per calendar year per practitioner is covered.
  • Private Duty Nursing
    • In-home nursing care by a registered nurse or nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse, or certifi ed nursing assistant is covered when recommended by a physician for a calendar year maximum of $10,000; $5,000 if over age 65.
  • Aids and Appliances
    • Purchase, rental or repair of medically necessary items including: hospital beds, braces, wheelchairs, prosthetic appliances, diabetic supplies, respiratory equipment, TENS machines, and orthotics.
  • Ambulance
    • Emergency ground ambulance to and from the nearest medical facility.
  • Dental Care for Accidents
    • Dental treatment required as a result of an accidental blow to the mouth.
  • Hearing Aids
    • Purchase or repair of hearing aids to a maximum of $600 every three calendar years.
  • Professional Counselling Services
    • Treatment for depression, substance abuse, family/work concerns, bereavement, and child/elder care issues through the ONA Member Assistance Plan – MAP.


Optional Hospital:

The Optional Hospital benefit can be added to, and is only available with, the EHC coverage.

  • Coverage begins on the first day of hospitalization, and pays 100% of the cost of a semi-private room for a maximum of 60 consecutive days in a calendar year.
  • The lifetime maximum is $30,000 per insured.
  • Coverage includes a Convalescent Home Care benefit at 80% reimbursement up to a maximum of $75 per day, for a maximum of 30 days following an active, acute care hospital stay for a minimum of 24 hours, and a maximum of three days following non-elective day surgery.


EHC Plan – 60-day open enrollment:

If you are losing coverage, you can enroll in the EHC Plan without providing medical evidence (subject to being actively at work) within 60 days of:

  • the first day you became an ONA Member;
  • the day you lost coverage due to a change from full-time to part-time status;
  • the day you lost coverage under your (or your spouse’s) employer benefit program, or any other group plan; or
  • the day you lost coverage due to retirement.

Note: Retired Members can enroll without providing medical evidence within 60 days of losing retiree or spousal coverage.


Additional information on plans and application form: 

PDF icon Extended Health Care and Optional Hospital Insurance Rates (PDF)

PDF icon Dental Care, and/or Extended Health Care Application (PDF)


Please complete the above application, save, and submit to [email protected] along with any supporting documents.

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