Dental Plan: PSAC pushes for improvements during arbitration hearing

PSAC made its case to improve the Public Service Dental Care Plan (PSDCP) at an arbitration hearing between the union and Treasury Board on June 14, after negotiations to improve the plan for over 185,000 federal public service workers broke down earlier this year.   

PSAC presented its arguments, and we feel confident the arbitration process will result in gains to the PSDCP. At this time, it’s not clear when the arbitration panel will issue its decision.  

Negotiations to update the PSDCP began in June 2023, following a labour board decision that found Treasury Board was acting in bad faith by refusing to come to the table. Since then, Treasury Board has continued to show unwillingness to negotiate fair and reasonable updates to the PSDCP.   

Read the full list of proposals submitted by PSAC, based on input from members through an online survey.    

Our proposal included several improvements to the plan including:   

  • Increasing the annual maximum from $2,500; 

  • Increasing the co-insurance rates so that you pay less out of pocket;    

  • Increasing the lifetime orthodontic maximum from $2,500; 

  • Eliminating the deductible;   

  • Getting reimbursement at the current year’s fee guide, rather than the previous year.   

The dental plan is negotiated for PSAC members employed by the federal government, many of its agencies, and other employers. Refer to the full list of employers covered by this plan to confirm whether it applies to you.     

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June 19, 2024