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By Breeonne Baxter on October 12, 2017
Please share this with any of your department’s faculty, post-docs, and staff who are new to Canada.
Moving can be overwhelming, especially if you are trying to figure out how things work in a new country. This presentation will provide an overview of how health benefits work in Canada (in particular, the BC Medical Services Plan and Extended Health and Dental Benefits ). Available housing and relocation services will also be highlighted to assist you and your family with a smooth transition to UBC.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 21, 2013
Please share this with your faculty and staff
The provincial government is introducing the new BC Services Card in February, 2013. This card replaces the BC Care Card that provides proof of your Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage.
Individuals between 19 and 74 years of age will be required to obtain a BC Services Card from ICBC Driver Licensing Offices starting on Feb. 15, 2013. The BC Services Card will be phased in over a five-year period, so you have until the beginning of 2018 to get the new card. Once you obtain the card, you are required to renew it every five years.
To help employees understand the new card, whether you are enrolled in MSP through UBC or not, we have information on our website at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/benefits/medical-services-plan/bc-services-card/. Full information is available from the BC Services Card website: BCServicesCard.ca.
It is important to note that the new BC Services Card will not impact your Medical Services Plan (MSP) enrollment, whether you are currently enrolled in the UBC Group MSP, another Group MSP or with MSP directly. The process for enrolling in the UBC Group MSP for new employees or making changes to your UBC Group MSP coverage (for example, adding dependents or cancelling coverage) does not change.
Please share this information with employees in your Department/Faculty. Human Resources will also feature an article on the new BC Services Card in the Spring Edition of Benefits FYI, an online benefits newsletter that is distributed to over 11,000 UBC faculty and staff.
By Breeonne Baxter on December 13, 2012
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The following benefit premium rates for UBC employees will be changing effective Jan. 1, 2013:
Premium rates for the provincial Medical Services Plan (MSP) are increasing, effective Jan. 1, 2013. UBC Employees who pay their MSP premiums through payroll deduction will see the increased cost on their Dec. 31, 2012 paycheque.
The new premiums will increase by $2.50 per month for individuals, $4.50 per month for couples and $5.00 per month for families. The new rates are:
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 employees who pay the full or partial cost will see the increased deduction on their Dec. 31, 2012, paycheques.
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.
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the UBC Employee and Spousal Optional Life premium rates will decrease by approximately 10%. Employees who are enrolled for Optional Life will the lower premium on their Dec. 31, 2012, paycheque (premiums are taken one month in advance). For more information, please review the UBC Human Resources Memo that was sent to employees affected by the change.
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the Disability Benefit Plan premium rate for CUPE 2950 staff will increase to 2.30% of monthly earnings. For more information, please review the UBC Human Resources Memo that was sent to employees affected by the change.
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the Disability Benefit Plan premium rate for BCGEU Okanagan Staff will decrease to 0.867% of monthly earnings. For more information, please review the UBC Human Resources Memo that was sent to employees affected by the change.
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the Disability Benefit Plan premium rate for CUPE 2278 Staff and Faculty Association Staff will decrease to 1.346% of monthly earnings. For more information, please review the UBC Human Resources Memo that was sent to employees affected by the change.
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the Extended Health and Dental Care premium rate for Sessional Faculty Under 50% will increase by 3% for Dental Care (no change to the rate for Extended Health). For more information, please review the UBC Human Resources Memo that was sent to Sessional Faculty affected by the change.
If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Breeonne Baxter on November 10, 2011
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Starting Nov. 14, 2011, UBC employees enrolled in the Extended Health Plan can submit your prescription drug expenses online via the Sun Life Plan Member website, in addition to using your Sun Life Pay-Direct Drug card at the Pharmacy or submitting receipts with your paper Extended Health claim form to Sun Life.
The process is similar to the way you submit other expenses online: select Drug e-claim under the Submit a Claim tab. Most expenses will be processed instantly and payment is typically deposited into your bank account within 48 hours.
Submitting prescription drug claims online is just one option. If you prefer using your Sun Life Pay-Direct Drug card, then you do not need to submit your drug claims online. This new online option is ideal for new plan members who need to make a claim in advance of receiving their Sun Life Pay-Direct Drug card and for those currently submitting their drug claims by paper claim form.
By Breeonne Baxter on July 21, 2011
This month, Benefits Canada magazine has highlighted how UBC integrates health and wellness practices into the culture of the university.
The article focuses on the Healthy UBC Initiatives work done by Suzanne Jolly, health promotions coordinator, Human Resources, and features information on:
Read the full article online at the Benefits Canada website.
By Breeonne Baxter on June 23, 2011
If you need to submit a Sun Life benefits claim during the Canada Post labour disruption, you can use the Sun Life e-claims online system. For paperwork that cannot be submitted online, Sun Life has set up drop-off locations, one of which is located in downtown Vancouver.
For information on e-claims or on the drop-off location, please visit the Sun Life website.
If you have any questions regarding Sun Life benefits claims during the mail strike, contact Sun Life directly.
By Breeonne Baxter on December 9, 2010
Effective Dec. 1, 2010, CUPE 2278 combined with the M&P employee group for the Disability Benefit Plan. Information on the combined Disability Benefit Plan can be found at the Disability Benefit Plan page for both employee groups. Please note that no changes have been made to the plan from the M&P perspective.
CUPE 2278 Employees who were disabled prior to Dec. 1, 2010, should continue to refer to the old CUPE 2278 Sun Life Handbook.
Affected CUPE 2278 employees will receive a memo in the coming weeks will full information on the change. If you have any questions, please contact the Benefits Administrator at email@example.com