Increase in TA/RA Health Care Spending Account – now expanded to $350 per 24 month period

Brad WalchukUncategorized

Collective Bargaining works!!! Under the newly ratified Unit 1 collective agreement, we were able to bargain additional money for our Health Care Spending Account. The Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) enables members to claim a wide range of medical, dental and pharmaceutical expenses not covered (or inadequately covered) by OHIP, UHIP and student extended health plans administered by the GSA and MSU. Previously the maximum entitlement was $250 per twenty-four month period. We are pleased to announce that we have expanded the Health Care Spending Account to provide $350 per twenty-four month period. This expanded entitlement takes effect immediately and is retroactive back to September 1, 2022.

If you have yet to submit a claim, you will have the full $350 available. If you have submitted a claim for less than $250 since September 1, 2022, the expanded fund will cover the additional cost to a maximum of $350 in total claims. Please note that your access to this benefit will expire after August 31, 2023, unless you return as a Unit 1 member in the 2023-2024 academic year.  Reimbursements cannot be made for expenses incurred prior to September 1, 2022.

For those who have already made a claim since September 1, 2022, please email to receive the additional entitlement for eligible expenses. All other members should make claims as normal following the instructions on our website.

Please note, this fund costs you nothing and there are not deductibles or premiums associated with the HCSA. More details about the HCSA, including an application form, are available here:

If you have questions about the fund please email

If you have questions about the whether an expense is covered under the HSCA please e-mail