Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | December 6, 2010
Premium rates for the provincial Medical Services Plan (MSP) are increasing, effective Jan. 1, 2011. UBC Employees who pay their MSP premiums through payroll deduction will see the increased cost on their Dec. 31, 2010 paycheque.
The new premiums will increase by $3.50 per month for individuals and $7 per month for couples and families. The new rates are:
- Single: $60.50
- Couple (family of two): $109.00
- Family (family of three or more): $121.00
The UBC employer and employee cost-sharing percentages for calculating MSP premium deductions will remain unchanged. For example, employees who pay 75% of the MSP monthly premium will continue to pay 75% of the new premium rate. Please note that MSP deductions are taken one month in advance, so you will see the increased deduction on the Dec. 31, 2010 paycheques for employees who pay the full or partial cost.
For a detailed list of the adjusted monthly rates by employee group and premium cost-sharing arrangement, please visit the UBC Human Resources Benefits Premium Rates page.
Filed under: Benefits, Staff and Faculty, University of British Columbia | Tags: medical benefits, msp, premium rates
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | June 8, 2010
Moving to a new house or apartment can be a busy and chaotic process. Once the dust has settled and you’ve managed to find the coffee cups, make sure to change your address with UBC, to ensure that you’ll continue receiving all information:
Faculty and Staff Self-Service
The one-stop address change location is in UBC’s Faculty and Staff Self-Service portal. Under the “myPersonal Info” tab, select “Home and Mailing Address” to update your address. While you’re there, make sure that your emergency contacts and email address are up-to-date as well!
Not sure how to access the Self-Service portal? Learn more here.
Medical Services Plan (UBC Group Enrolment)
If you are enrolled in the provincial Medical Services Plan through UBC group enrollment (a direct debit from your UBC paycheque), you will need to contact Payroll to change your address on the MSP system:
- Fill out Section E of the MSP change form, and submit the form to Financial Services (Forms and addresses are available at the Benefits Forms page).
Filed under: Benefits, Faculty, Staff | Tags: administration, Benefits, community, msp, self-service
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | December 18, 2009
The HR Blog had a busy week for so late in the year. We’ll be wrapping up early next week for the holidays, but then expect us back bright and early in 2010!
We announced the 2010 Leave for Change participants. Congrats to the six UBC (and UBC Okanagan) staff who will be volunteering overseas early next year.
BC’s new law prohibiting hand-held cell phones and electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle comes into effect on Jan. 1/10. Take note if you drive a UBC vehicle for work!
We wrote about the Human Resources office holiday closures.
In benefits news, we talked about the features of the Sun Life Member Services website. If you’re interested in enrolling in the UBC Group Medical Services Plan (MSP), we have information and forms.
UBC's Place of Mind campaign can be seen across town, including this poster at the Waterfront Train Station
Filed under: Benefits, Faculty, Focus on People, Staff, UBC Okanagan, UBC Vancouver | Tags: leave for change, msp, office hours, sun life
Posted by: Stephanie Mah | December 18, 2009
In BC, the provincial government provides medical insurance to all residents of the province. MSP covers medically required services, such as a doctor’s visit or medically necessary surgery.
All residents of BC must enroll in MSP. There are two ways for UBC employees to pay MSP premiums – the government either sends you an invoice directly, or you can enroll through the UBC Group MSP. If your spouse or partner’s employer also offers benefits coverage, make sure you are enrolled under the employer’s plan that offers the best cost-sharing arrangement to you.
To enroll in UBC’s Group MSP, fill out the MSP enrollment form (.pdf), sign it, and send the original to UBC Financial Services.
(If you are already enrolled in the UBC Group MSP, you’ll stay enrolled until you leave the University or cancel your coverage. You can check your UBC Group MSP enrollment at the UBC Employee Self-Service Portal.)
Filed under: Benefits, Faculty, New Employees, Staff | Tags: Benefits, msp
Posted by: Breeonne Baxter | November 24, 2009
The BC Provincial Medical Services Program (MSP) will be increasing its premiums for all BC residents effective Jan. 1, 2010.
MSP premiums will increase by $3 per month for individuals and $6 per month for couples and
Effective January 1, 2010 (Monthly)
||$54 ($648 annually)
||$57 ($684 annually)
||$96 ($1,152 annually)
||$102 ($1,224 annually)
||$108 ($1,296 annually)
||$114 ($1,368 annually)
How this will affect UBC Employees: If you are enrolled in MSP through the UBC Group Plan, you will see the changes reflected on your first paycheque in the new year. Please read the memo issued jointly by UBC Human Resources and UBC Finance for more information on how this will affect the different groups at UBC, and for information on the MSP Premium Assistance Program.
This information also appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of Benefits FYI. Benefits FYI is the quarterly Benefits newsletter for all UBC employees enrolled in the extended health and dental plan. Download the PDF of the Fall 2009 issue of Benefits FYI.
Filed under: Benefits, Faculty, Staff | Tags: benefits fyi, memo, msp