1) the HSA is only applicable to those current Local 21 members who are covered by the Medical Plan which includes all permanent staff and those casual staff who previously opted to join the Plan;
2) the HSA can only be accessed starting April 15, 2017 (as some time is required to set up the list of eligible participants with Blue Cross);
3) claims are to be submitted directly to Blue Cross the same way that current claims are made however there is a spot on the claim form to identify that the claim is for the HSA;
4) that the initial year (2017) will cover eligible receipts dated from January 1, 2017 so staff should retain them; and
5) we will hold some information sessions between March 27th and April 15 to explain how the HSA works.