Changes to the 65+ Health Plan
The 65+ Health Plan ended on 31 December 2016. It was replaced by the Pension Plus scheme on 1 January 2017.
If you were a member of the 65+ Health Plan, you were automatically transferred to the Pension Plus scheme in January 2017. However, your benefit levels have stayed the same as they were on the 65+ Health Plan until your 2017 renewal date.
About the Pension Plus scheme
How to claim after 1 January 2017
On 1 January 2017, your balances were transferred to Pension Plus.
You should no longer send claims to Westfield Health. Instead, your optician, dentist or chiropodist will send their bills directly to us for payment, up to your available level of benefit.
You will need to pay your practitioner directly for any balance which your benefit doesn’t cover.
How much can be claimed towards optical, dental and chiropody costs
If you joined the 65+ Health Plan before 31 December 2016, your available benefit levels will stay the same as they were until your renewal date in 2017. This includes:
- every two years, up to £15 towards an eye test
- every two years, up to £90 towards new prescription spectacles, lenses or contact lenses
- every year, up to £22 towards a dental check-up
- every year, up to £250 towards dental treatments or £500 towards dentures
- every year, up to £90 towards the cost of chiropody treatment from a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered chiropodist
To find out your available balance, call us on +44 (0) 1534 445505.
Claiming for treatment you've had before joining the scheme
You can’t make a claim for treatment you’ve had before your registration has been confirmed.
Other help for low-income pensioners
Income Support is an income-related benefit that provides financial support towards the costs of:
- medical needs
Carers also receive support.
You might also qualify for the Food Costs Bonus and Cold Weather Bonus.
Food Costs Bonus and Cold Weather Bonus