There are important changes coming to UBC’s Group Medical Services Plan (MSP).
The MSP is the provincial government program that covers medically-required services provided by physicians and supplementary health care practitioners, laboratory services and diagnostic procedures.
The BC Ministry of Health previously announced that effective Jan. 1, 2020 MSP premiums will be eliminated. The MSP program administered by Health Insurance BC (HIBC) will continue to provide provincially-insured health care benefits for eligible BC residents. Due to the elimination of monthly premiums, UBC will no longer administer a Group MSP for its employees. Instead, your MSP account will be managed directly by HIBC.
You do not need to re-apply for MSP coverage. HIBC will automatically put you and any existing dependents into a self-administered MSP account when UBC’s Group Plan ends on Jan. 1, 2020. You will receive a letter from HIBC with current account information when your new MSP account is created.
Maintain Your MSP Account with HIBC
After UBC’s MSP group plan ends on Jan. 1, 2020, you will be responsible for keeping your MSP account up-to-date and requesting changes. Notify HIBC directly at www.gov.bc.ca/ManagingYourMSPAccount if you need to change or update any of the following details:
- Change your address
- Your personal information, or information for other individuals on your account (e.g. name, date of birth, or gender)
- To add and/or remove a spouse, including common-law partner or child(ren)
- Your status in Canada (e.g. new work permit, study permit, or confirmation of permanent residence)
For more information:
If you are currently enrolled in a UBC Group MSP Plan, you will receive a memo on Nov. 21 with more detailed information.
Do you have questions? Contact the Health, Wellbeing & Benefits team at firstname.lastname@example.org.