Extended health and dental claims deadlines

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 50, No. 5, June 2008, Page 269 News

Eligible extended health and dental claims from the BCMA Health Benefits Trust Fund (HBTF) for the 2007 benefit year must be received within the following time frames:

 Any 2007 claims received by Sun Life after 30 June 2008 will not be paid and will be returned to the claimant. Deadlines set by the insurer are beyond our control and are not flexible. Claim forms can be accessed through our web site at www.bcma.org or by calling the BCMA Plan Administrator.

If you have questions, please contact either of our BCMA insurance administrators: Darlene Laird, 604 638-2818, or Cory St. Jean, 604 638-2865. Our toll-free number within BC is 800 665-2262, extension 2818 or 2865.

Sandie Braid, CEBS. Extended health and dental claims deadlines. BCMJ, Vol. 50, No. 5, June, 2008, Page(s) 269 - News.

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