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.
A former employee of a participating union who is a financial member of a participating union is eligible to take out a HealthCarePlus policy.
An applicant who is linked through ‘Family/ Whanau’ Membership* is eligible to take out a HealthCarePlus policy.
Once the applicant is admitted as a Member, the Member must advise any change to union status.
The Member must include a partner and/or children in their policy and pay the appropriate premium in order to apply for benefits for them.
A parent or other adult who is not recognised as the Member’s partner, cannot be included in the policy as a partner for the purpose of obtaining benefits as a family.
Dependant children included in a policy are eligible for benefits up to the end of the year in which they become 21, 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 policy benefits.
Over 21 year olds may continue to enjoy HealthCarePlus policy benefits by moving to a non-union premium rate.
To discuss these options, call 0800 600 666,
(Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm).
Special Membership categories
Applicants who do not meet the above requirements can be admitted with approval 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 Member, or an ex- partner of a Member, or a child of a Member who is over 21 years of age.
The HealthCarePlus Member must be a financial member of, or be employed by a recognised organisation. 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
Members will be notified in writing of changes made to the level of premiums.
If you are in the education sector payment can be made by fortnightly salary deductions.
Note; Salary deduction is not available to PSA members’, or anyone not in the education sector, ie; Family/Whanau or Trainee Teachers.
Fortnightly, monthly and annual direct debit/credit card options are available to all Members.
Fortnightly direct debits are deducted every second Wednesday in conjunction with payroll dates. Monthly and annual direct debits are deducted on the first business day of the month.
Premiums received may not be refunded.