Declaration Concerning a National Health Care Strategy for Seniors
We need a national health care strategy for seniors that meets the changing needs of our population; and that protects, transforms and strengthens our national health care system for all Canadians. A declaration to that end emerged from a Roundtable in Vancouver in September 2015.
To view the participants of the Roundtable, click here
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The British Columbia Retired Teachers' Association (BCRTA) has worked with Johnson Inc., a national benefits provider, to develop a voluntary benefit plan available to BCRTA members.
The EHC plan is an alternative to the EHC coverage that you may already receive through the Teachers' Pension Plan, through Pacific Blue Cross (PBC), and the MEDOC travel insurance plan from Johnson Inc., through the BCRTA.
For more information on these products and benefit eligibility, please refer to the Plan Summary and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document, or view the Certificates of Insurance. For further questions, please contact BCRTA's Plan Administrator, Johnson Inc., toll free at 1-866-799-0000 or email:
The BCRTA Communications Committee has provided a link to the Estimates document - proposed spending by the Government. Click on the Ministry of Education title to see the budget for spending on education.
To see the report , Click here.
Detailed instructions to find the Ministry of Education budget can be found clicking the 'Read More' section below.
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For a list of Canada Pension Plan Payment dates, click here
Raising awareness around seniors care issues
Government Promise Tracker
The Canadian Medical Association is committed to following the Government's progress on promises to improve Seniors care. Visit their website demandaplan.ca
On March 22, the government presented the 2016 Federal Budget “Growing the Middle Class”. The CMA has honed in on promises that relate to health and seniors care. To see where commitments have been made, please visit our promise tracker on DemandAPlan.ca.
You have finished your visit and have talked to your MP about protecting and enhancing Medicare. You don't want you and your fellow advocates, nor the issue you have discussed, to be forgotten. This is a kit of information to leave behind for your MP, who, hopefully, will refer to it often after your visit.
It reminds your MP of who you are, the reason for your visit, and some background educational information about the threats to Medicare.
Tax Information for Membership Fees
Are my BCRTA membership fees tax deductible?
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) permits amounts related to your employment for union dues and dues required to keep a professional status to be claimed on your income tax. BCRTA membership fees, therefore, are ineligible for any tax deduction.
Why are membership fees not tax deductible?
Fees paid to a voluntary membership-based organization serving retirees are ineligible to be claimed at tax time on line 212.
The federal government is refusing to negotiate a new health accord with the provinces to replace the one that expired on March 31, 2014.
Cuts to the Canada Health Transfer loom on the horizon. Medicare, as we know it, is at risk! Asking your MP to "Keep the Heart in Medicare" can be easy, interesting — even
fun, if you're armed with a few basic advocacy how-to's and some background information about the issue. You don't have to be an expert, only a concerned constituent. Here's a kit to assist you when talking to your MP about how important our healthcare system is to you.