Health Spending Account guide

The Health Spending Account (HSA) is an amount that you can use for payment of medical expenses not covered under your basic health and dental plans. You can find information about the HSA on the Medavie Blue Cross website at

The claim year for the HSA is consistent with the academic year, running from July 1 to June 30. Claims must be submitted within 90 days of the end of the claim year (i.e. by September 30 each year). Unused balances from the HSA will carry forward for one year only, and then will be forfeited, so it is important to be sure you use all of your HSA entitlement. You can access your entire yearly allocation immediately after July 1. (The yearly entitlement for 2017/2018 is $500.  Effective July 1, 2018, your yearly entitlement will be $750).

One of the easiest ways to make sure you use all of your HSA entitlements is to claim your health and dental plan premiums. Most DFA members pay premiums of more than $100 per month, which are automatically deducted from your paycheque and so will be in a position to claim the benefit before December each year. By claiming your health and dental plan premiums, it will be possible to use your entire benefit with one submission.To see your current HSA balance, go to and log into your Medavie Blue Cross account (or create an online account if you do not have one).

To verify the amount you have paid and to print out a proof payment, check Dal Online ( ) (For questions concerning access to Dal Online or other employee information please email WebforEmployees@Dal.Ca or call (902) 494-3700 between 8:30 am- 5:00 pm, Mon-Fri.).  Follow these steps:

  • Go to Dal online and log in.
  • From the tabs across the top, choose "Employees" (do not go to the "Employee Dashboard").
  • Click on the "Benefits and Deductions". Click on “Health and Dental Insurance”.
  • Click on “Contributions or Deductions”.  You will be able to access your health deductions and enter the dates of the period of time you wish to review and print. This will take you to a page with your name on it and a list of your deductions for the period you have entered. Blue Cross will accept this printout as proof of payment. Blue Cross will only accept printouts that include your name.
  • Once you have your proof of payment, complete the claim form available here .
  • Submit the completed claim form to Blue Cross, either by mail or through one of their QuickPay Offices where you can be reimbursed immediately for an eligible claim without having to wait for reimbursement by mail. (locations and hours below)
  • You can also submit claims via a mobile app.  Details available at

Blue Cross Nova Scotia QuickPay Centres are open from Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call them toll free at 1-800-667-4511 or visit their offices:

  • Dartmouth: 230 Brownlow Ave, in the Burnside Industrial Park
  • Halifax: Barrington Tower, Scotia Square, 1894 Barrington Street