OTTAWA, March 29, 2018 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to empowering womenand respecting their rights, including reproductive health rights.
In the federal public service, that means we need to put the health of women first. Women should have their choice of contraceptives.
The PSHCP is an optional health care plan for federal public service employees, retirees and their dependants designed to supplement provincial health insurance plans. Previously, the PSHCP covered only oral contraceptives.
The changes to the PSHCP were negotiated in good faith through the Public Service Health Care Plan Partners Committee, which includes bargaining agents, employer and pensioner representatives. As the employer's representative, Treasury Board Secretariat officials worked collaboratively with bargaining agent representatives to prepare a recommendation to expand contraceptive coverage under the PSHCP. The recommendation was accepted, and has now been approved by the government.
"Respecting women's rights, including reproductive health rights, is critically important to our government's fundamental commitment to empowering women. Expanding the range of contraceptive options for members of the Public Service Health Care Plan and their families is just the right thing to do. I am pleased that we were able to negotiate these benefits, which are comparable to similar employer-sponsored benefit plans. We will continue to work with the Partners Committee to ensure that the Public Service Health Care Plan provides members and their dependants with sustainable and cost-effective benefits."
- The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board
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SOURCE Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
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