Who can join?
An applicant for cover must be a financial member of, or be employed by one of the following organisations:
• TEU Tertiary Education Union
• NZEI NZ Educational Institute (Inc)
• PPTA Post Primary Teachers Association (Inc)
• TIASA Tertiary Institutes Allied Staff Association (Inc)
• PSA NZ Public Service Association (Inc)
• ISEA The Independent Schools Education Association Inc.
The Subscriber must advise HealthCarePlus of any change to union status.
Any employee in, or former employee of, a participating union relevant to that employment is also eligible for admission.
These people CANNOT join HealthCarePlus
Any person who is not a financial member of, or employed by a Member organisation (unless linked through ‘Family/Whanau’ Membership); and employees in private schools or institutions.
The Subscriber must register a partner and/or children and pay the appropriate subscription in order to apply for benefits for them. A parent or other adult who is not recognised as the Subscriber’s partner, cannot be registered as a partner for the purpose of obtaining benefits as a family. Registered dependant children are eligible for benefits up to the end of the year in which they become 21*, i.e. to 31 December in any year. Note: students, although living with a parent, may be eligible for the Community Services Card and this should be used where appropriate before claiming HealthCarePlus benefits.
*Over 21 year olds may continue to enjoy HealthCarePlus benefits by moving to a non-union Member premium rate policy. To discuss these options, call 0800 800 441, or 04 802 4200 (Monday – Friday 8 am to 4.30 pm).
Special Membership categories
The Board may admit applicants who do not meet the above requirements as follows:
Trainee teachers need to provide an annual declaration that they still qualify for and are a current member of a participating union. If not, their membership will terminate at the end of the period when they no longer met the eligibility requirements of their qualifying union. Trainee Teachers qualify for union member rates.
Family or Whanau is defined as a family member residing in the household of a HealthCarePlus Subscriber, or an ex-partner of a Subscriber, or a child of a Subscriber who is over 21 years of age. The HealthCarePlus Subscriber must be a financial member of, or be employed by a participating union. Such a person, who is linked as Family/ Whanau, can be a HealthCarePlus Member by paying for the policy under their own name at a non-union rate.
Payment of Premiums
The level of premiums (or contributions) is set by the Board of HealthCarePlus from time to time and is reviewable without reference to Subscribers.
Subscribers will be notified in writing within 10 Business Days of changes made to the level of premiums (or contributions).
If you are in the education sector payment can be made by fortnightly salary deductions.
Note; Salary deduction is not available for PSA members, or anyone not in the education sector, ie; Family/Whanau, Trainee Teachers.
Fortnightly, monthly and annual direct debit options are available to all Members. Currently, we are unable to accept credit or debit card payments.
Fortnightly direct debits are deducted every second Wednesday in conjunction with HealthCarePlus payroll dates. Monthly and annual direct debits are deducted on the first business day of the month.
Premiums received by HealthCarePlus may not be refunded.