2012-2013 Health Plan Update Report
January 9, 2013
Our broker Morneau Shepell has provided a document with information and updates about the design, administration, and finances of the plan.. Read the attached PDF.
Exciting New Discounts with the GSA Health, Dental and Accident Plan
- 363 Rideau Street (Downtown)
- 2210 Bank Street (South Keys)
- 296 Bank Street (Hartman’s)
- 2241 Riverside Drive
- 2681 Alta Vista Drive
- 200 Grant Carman
- 4270 Innes Rd. Ottawa
- 1980 Ogilvie Rd.
- 1980 Baseline Rd
- 1460 Merivale Rd
- 1251 Main Street Stittsville
Health and Dental Insurance Plans for Graduate Students
The GSA plan provides a number of student-friendly options. Students can use their Carleton ID card at participating pharmacies and dentists’ offices across Canada to pay only the deductible for their prescription or dental service.
A comprehensive information booklet is available in our offices, on the sixth floor of the Unicentre, or can be downloaded below. On the left, you can also find forms for opting in or out, and for claiming dental benefits or medical benefits.
Insurance Plan Information Booklet
Download the Insurance Plan Booklet for complete information about the 2012-2013 coverage and other details.
All full-time students registered in the Fall Term, including international students, are automatically covered by the plan. Plan charges are automatically added on to student fees when the Carleton computer registration system tabulates full-time student status.
Students who register as full-time in the Winter or Summer terms are not automatically covered, but may opt into the plan using the information below.
Part-time students are not automatically covered, but may opt into the plan. Co-op students are subject to the same rules as part-time students. If your co-op is in the Fall Term, you will need to opt in to the health plan. Student may opt in to the plan using the form below.
January Start Students
If your studies started in January or you were otherwise not enrolled in September, you have an opportunity to opt into the Health Plan in January. Do so fill out the opt in form and bring it to the GSA Office with cash, certified cheque, or money order on or by February 1st. You may also opt in dependants at this time. Student who were enrolled during the Fall may not use this opt in period.
Plan Number for 2012-13: 51003, effective September 1st, 2012.
Plan Number for 2011-12: 32009. This plan number took affect on September 1st, 2011.
Insurance Plan Costs
Couple (add one person):
Family (add up to 4 people):
Opting In and Out
Part-time and co-op students and students wanting couple or family coverage (including same-sex and common-law couples) may opt into the plan by paying the premium by October 5 2012 for the fall term and by February 1 2013 for the winter term (students who register as full-time in the winter or summer terms must also opt in before the winter deadline). The form for this is available in the forms section on the left.
Students are required to show proof of enrollment prior to opting into a couple/family plan.
Full-time students who are already covered under a similar policy may opt out of the plan, with a refund, by October 7 2012. Students must provide proof of similar or better coverage in the form of written documentation from their insurance provider.
Graduate Students may opt out online at studentplans.ca.
Opt-out cheques must be collected by April 30th 2013.
Undergraduate students who may want to opt out or opt in of their health plan should visit CUSA or contact CUSA by phone at 613-520-6688.
Filing a Claim
To file a claim for medical, accident, or dental reimbursement, you can download the appropriate form in the forms section on the left. Or, you can pick one up at the GSA office (600 Unicentre).
Your ID Number for filing claims is CAR + your student number
Extra Health Coverage for Grads
Another funding avenue is through the GSA, which offers an emergency dental grant. The GSA dental grant was created with the understanding that grad students sometimes face significant dental expenses. The grant assists grad students in offsetting the cost of urgent and necessary dental repairs and services. Application forms, as well as an explanation of documentation required from the dentist, can be picked up at the GSA office, on the sixth floor of the Unicentre or can be found here .
Vision, Child Care, and UHIP Coverage
If you’re a TA, there are additional resources available to you. In 2000, CUPE 4600 successfully bargained for the University to provide an employee assistance fund. In addition to a child care subsidy, this fund can also be used to cover part of the costs of TAs’ vision care expenses as well as part of international students’ UHIP costs.
To apply for any of these funding options, you can download a form at 4600.cupe.ca or you can pick up a form at the CUPE office on the fifth floor of the Unicentre.