With the new year upon us, we have a reminder to department administrators about last year’s changes to Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage to those employees on work permits. Please ensure that any employees on work permits (faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and/or staff) are aware of the changes.
If you have faculty or staff working in BC under a work permit, it is important to remind them to renew their work permit as far in advance as possible to avoid a lapse in MSP coverage. Health Insurance BC no longer extends three months’ MSP coverage during an employee’s work renewal process, even if they have implied status.
To learn how you can support your employees through the work permit renewal process and expedite reinstatement of their MSP coverage, please visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-relations/immigration/work-permit-renewal/, or read the memo that went out to impacted individuals at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/memos/work-permit-renewals-medical-services-plan-coverage-oct-2-2017/.