November 5, 2018

ARTA Retiree Benefits Plan Update

Every year prior to our annual renewal, the ARTA Retiree Benefits Plan undergoes a review to ensure the benefits and services we offer continue to meet our commitment to supporting the well-being of plan members and their dependants, while also ensuring the plan remains financially stable. As a result of the latest review, we’re pleased to announce the following benefit updates which take effect on November 1, 2018.

Extended Health Care Benefits

  1. The 36-month maximum for hearing aids will increase to $900 for Health Wise™ and Total Health™ plans and $1,100 for Health Wise Plus™ and Ultimate Health™ plans
  2. The hospital room daily maximum will increase to $150 for semi-private rooms and $187 for private rooms
  3. Nebulizers will be added to the plan with a five-year maximum of $150 (including parts and repairs)
  4. Reimbursement rates for certain paramedical services (massage, physiotherapy, etc.) will be increasing; however, yearly maximums will remain the same. Details are available in Extended Health Care Plan Text
  5. Two additional health states will be added to the existing enhanced special authorization process—ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis

Dental Benefits

  1. Coverage for fluoride varnish will be added as part of the regular fluoride treatment benefit

New Program – ARTACares™

Navigating the health care system can be complex but ARTACares™ is here to help. ARTACares™ provides support to you and your family during times of need such as a serious illness, injury, surgery or even for lingering concerns such as a chronic illness.

Through ARTACares™, a nurse will provide support to you or a loved one by addressing your health or caregiving challenges and providing tangible solutions. With a simple phone call, you can receive support in:

  • Health care system navigation
  • Health advocacy
  • Care coordination
  • Chronic disease support
  • Medical second opinion services
  • Caregiving consultations

You can access ARTACares™, free of charge, by calling 1-888-327-1500.

ARTACares™ is provided by HumanaCare, an Alberta-based health and wellness provider with more than thirty-five years of Canadian health care experience.

No Change to Premiums

We’re pleased to announce that while our benefits and services are improving, our premium rates for the 2018-2019 benefit year will remain the same. So, what you paid in 2017-2018 will continue to be what you pay in 2018-2019.

If you have questions about these changes or your ARTA retiree benefits, please contact an ARTA benefit plan coordinator at or toll-free at 1-855-444-ARTA (2782).