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About the Pension Plus scheme

About the Pension Plus scheme

The Pension Plus scheme started on 1 January 2017 and replaced the 65+ Health Plan.

It is a States funded scheme to help lower-income pensioners aged 65 or over with the costs of the following services:

  • dental
  • optical 
  • chiropody

It’s run and administered by Social Security.

Watch the video below to understand how the Pension Plus scheme works.

 


Who is eligible for Pension Plus

You can apply for Pension Plus if:

  • you’re 65 or over at the time of application 
  • you either have a Jersey Old Age Pension or have ‘entitled' residential status
  • you (and your partner) don’t pay Jersey income tax 
  • you (and your partner) have capital assets less than £30,000 

We don’t include the home you live in as part of your capital assets, but we do include:

  • other properties you own
  • savings and investments
  • pension bonds
  • other items of value such as jewellery and paintings

Residential statuses and what they mean

How to join Pension Plus

To apply for Pension Plus, fill out the form below.

Apply for Pension Plus

Optical, dental and chiropody costs and what you can claim for

On Pension Plus, you will be entitled to the following financial support:

Optical

  • every two years, up to £40 towards an eye test
  • every two years, up to £120 towards new prescription spectacles, lenses or contact lenses

Dental

  • every year, up to £40 towards a dental check-up
  • every two years, up to £700 towards dental treatments or dentures

Chiropody

  • every year, up to £120 towards the cost of chiropody treatment from a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered chiropodist

You can't claim for missed or cancelled appointments.

What you can and can't claim for on Pension Plus


  Who can provide services (they must be a member of Pension Plus) What is covered by Pension Plus What is not covered by Pension Plus

Dental

•  dentist 
•  dental hygienist for dental hygiene care, eg scale and polish, (other services provided by a dental hygienist are not covered by the scheme)
•  denture repair laboratory (for repairs or dentures prescribed by a dentist) 


•  check-ups and examinations
•  dental hygiene care (scale and polish)
•  filings, root canals, dental implants, bridges, 
crowns and 
extractions
•  gum treatments (provided by a dentist)
•  dentures (provided by a dentist) 
•  denture repairs

•  dental x-rays
•  mouth guards
•  sedation

•  cosmetic dental treatments, eg teeth whitening, cosmetic braces, dental veneers and gold teeth

  new dentures bought from a denture repair laboratory (without a prescription from a Pension Plus dentist)

•  toothpaste, mouthwash and dental floss

 prescriptions and medication* 

 mouth cancer treatments*
 missed or late appointment fees 

Chiropody or podiatry

•  HCPC registered 
chiropodist or podiatrist 

•  toenail problems, such as thickening, fungal or ingrown toenails

•  corns, calluses and bunions

•  medication
•  missed or late appointment fees
Optical •  optometrist or optician 
•  glasses, frames and spectacle lenses
•  prescription sunglasses
•  cosmetic optical items, eg coloured contact lenses
•  medication 
•  eye surgery (including laser eye surgery)
•  treatment for cataracts*
•  missed or late 
appointment fees


 

*Depending on your circumstances, funding may be available for these through Health and Social Services or through the Health Insurance fund. Call us on +44 (0) 1534 445505 to find out more, or ask your GP.

How to make a claim

You must have received a confirmation letter from us to let you know that you’ve been accepted onto the scheme before you make a claim.

You no longer have to pay for your treatment upfront. 

To use Pension Plus, follow these steps: 

  1. make an appointment with your optician, dentist or chiropodist

  2. tell your practitioner that you are a Pension Plus member or tell Social Security who your practitioners are 

  3. check how much the services will cost

  4. ask your practitioner how much available benefit you have in Pension Plus and how much you will need to pay

  5. receive your treatment

  6. your practitioner will invoice us up to your level of available benefit

  7. pay for any costs not covered by your benefit

Further details are available in your confirmation letter. You cannot claim for missed or cancelled appointments.

You must tell us if your circumstances change and you are no longer eligible for the scheme.

Claiming for treatment you've had before joining the scheme

You can’t make a claim for treatment you have 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:

  • housing
  • living
  • medical needs
  • childcare

Carers also receive support.

You might also qualify for the Food Costs Bonus and Cold Weather Bonus.

Food Costs Bonus and Cold Weather Bonus

Income Support

If you disagree with a decision about your Pension Plus benefits

If you're a member of Pension Plus and you disagree with our decision about the payment of your benefit, you may be able to appeal this decision.

If you think a Social Security decision is wrong

Practitioners 

Tell us your preferred dentist, optician and chiropodist from this list before you book an appointment. We can only pay for services from members.

Dentists

  • @smile: Bob Pangali, Damian Korzuch, Pedro Alves, Carla Aleixo, Louise Brownlow, Karun Sagar
  • Aspire Dental: Andrea Howell; Kiran Kumar; Anthony Mirvis, J Chandrasekhar
  • Bracken, Barrett & Associates: Jane Bracken, Emma Barrett, Andrew Fish, Caroline Suyin Geddes
  • Broad Street Dental Care: Joanna Chaplin
  • Caesarea Dental Clinic: Robert Howell, Maureen Shenkin, Peter Shenkin
  • Central Dental: Ciaran Milner
  • Confidence Dental Care: Grahame Atkins, Craig Elias, Gary Plumb, Samantha Le Sueur, Matthew Rose,   Joe McGill, Sian Wildy
  • Creative Smiles: Karim Hirani, Harri Jaakola, Karifala Tarawali, Kirsten Brown
  • Delicate Dental: Michael Bruggrabber
  • Dental Excellence: Lars Alexandersson, Joana Teixeira Machado, Fleur Shanson
  • Fernlea Dental: Danny Yearley, Louisa Kellett
  • Gentle Smiles Dental Care: Caroline Southall
  • Hill Street Clinic: Gertrude Huss
  • Indigo Dental Practice: Christopher Martin, John Jacob, Anthony Mirvis, Grace Fish
  • Jersey Dental Care: Peter Richardson
  • Jersey Dental Care: Derik Mare
  • Jersey Dental Care: Peter Silver
  • Jersey Dental Clinic: Rudolf Spacek
  • Jersey Smile Centre: Hugo Raimundo, Joanna Machado, Peter Syred, Kate Obryk
  • Leodis Dental Surgery: Nicola Langford, Matthew Power, Danny Yearly
  • Little Grove Clinic: Anthony Mirvis
  • LK Dental: Louisa Kellett
  • Mark Bennett’s Dental: Mark Bennett
  • Michael E Belligoi: Michael Belligoi
  • Mike Cassidy, Jersey Dentist: Mike Cassidy
  • New Era Dental Practice: Jacques Kuijpers, Justine Kuijpers-Meijerink
  • Nick O’Hare Dental:  Nick O’Hare
  • Parade Dental Practice: Stuart Burgher
  • Peter Liddiard: Paul Liddiard
  • Spectrum Smiles: Sharad Patel
  • Stopford Hall Dental Surgery: Douglas Wishart
  • The Cosmetic Dental Group: Jeremy Willetts, Jonathan Wood, Caroline Fielden
  • The Dental Room: Alan Ferguson, Nicola Langford, J Chandrasekhar
  • The Dental Spa: Joanna Kumpin, Mina Bassily
  • The Dental Studio: John Pollard, Sarah Pollard
  • Windsor Crescent Dental Surgery: Bernard O’Reagain
  • Your Smile Jersey: Robert Howell, Peter Shenkin

Chiropodists

  • Castle Quay Medical Practice: Martin Huelin
  • Fernlea Surgery: Martin Huelin & Claire Georgelin
  • Forbes Feet: Claire Forbes & Somarah Munir
  • Happy Feet: Lisa Wallser
  • Health Plus: Tony Ruban
  • Lido Chiropody Clinic: Kim Coates & Nikki Louca
  • Lister Surgery: Karen Conner
  • Louise Da Silva
  • Peter Bennett
  • Rosemary Brown
  • Tina Hairon

Opticians

  • Alan Duchemin Opticians
  • Andrew Cornish Optometrist
  • Baines & Band Optometrists
  • Boots Opticians
  • English and Mulley Opticians
  • Eye Site Opticians
  • Harry Foster Opticians
  • Howards Opticians
  • One Specs
  • Quérée Opticians
  • Specsavers: St. Brelade & St. Helier
  • Vision Express
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