New Parent Boost
Enhanced support for expecting and new parents
Starting or adding to your family is an exciting time, but it can also lead to added stress and anxiety. Pacific Blue Cross has worked in collaboration with the BC’s Women’s Health Foundation to create a first of its kind benefit that provides additional support for families.
Our New Parent Boost benefit will give pregnant individuals or individuals becoming a parent access to a top-up of psychology or physiotherapy benefits. The physiotherapy top up can help them manage changes to their bodies during pregnancy.
|Pregnant individuals||Individual becoming a parent|
|Benefit Amount||Psychology $250
|Benefit Length||12 months||12 months|
|Eligibility – Member or Dependent (Including Dependent Child)||• Individual carrying a child
• Individual has given birth in the last 9 months
• Individual has been pregnant in the last 9 months
Have reached the maximum on their existing Psychology or Physiotherapy benefit
|• Individual becoming a parent within 9 months
• Individual has become a parent within the last 9 months
• Individual’s spouse has been pregnant in the last 9 months
Have reached the maximum on their existing Psychology benefit
How to Access the Parent Boost Benefit
The new Parent Boost benefit is only available once you have reached the Physiotherapy and or Psychology maximums on your current benefits plan. To find out how much of the benefit you have used please log in to your Member Profile.
What does Pacific Blue Cross need to get you started?
Once you have met your Physiotherapy and or Psychology maximum, the table below will provide you with what PBC requires to review your request.
|Condition for Coverage||Who's Covered||Benefit Inclusions||Claim Requirements|
|Carrying a child (pregnant) and period following birth||Covered Person Carrying the child||Physiotherapy/Psychology1||Prior to birth - Doctor's Letter indicating that the covered individual is pregnant
After the birth - Birth Certificate or Doctor's note indicating that the covered individual was pregnant.
|Covered Partner of Person Carrying Child||Psychology2||Prior to birth - Doctor’s Letter confirming the pregnancy that includes the name of the covered Partner that is not carrying the child.
After the birth - Birth Certificate or Doctor's note indicating that the covered Partner is a parent of the child.
Covered Person who experienced a miscarriage or termination of pregnancy
|Physiotherapy/Psychology1||Doctor’s letter confirming the pregnancy loss.|
|Covered Partner of Person who experienced a miscarriage or termination of pregnancy||Psychology2||Doctor’s letter confirming the pregnancy loss that includes the name of the covered Partner.|
|Adoption of a child||All covered persons that are becoming a parent through adoption||Psychology2||A lawyer’s note documenting that the individual is engaged in an adoption process with the expected date of becoming a parent occurring within 9 months|
|Surrogacy||All covered persons that are becoming a parent through surrogacy||Psychology2||A lawyer’s note documenting that the individual is engaged in a surrogacy process with the expected date of becoming a parent occurring within 9 months|
1 Pregnant individual must have reached the maximum on their existing Psychology or Physiotherapy benefit
2 Individual becoming a parent must have reached the maximum on their existing Psychology benefit.