Green Shield Canada Coverage
Following a successful referendum of members, the students’ union implemented a comprehensive and mandatory extended health and dental benefits plan for full-time students. Like other plans at universities and colleges around the country, our plan provides extended coverage for prescription drugs, paramedical services, and dental work, along with travel insurance, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, legal assistance plan and other coverage tailored to students.
We have a new third party administrator, J & D Benefits, and some unexpected issues came up in this process. We have been working with them closely to resolve any issues and are confident moving forward any issues will be as minimal. We realize how important this coverage is for students and the frustration when it isn’t always a smooth process. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, concerns or need assistance please feel free to contact us. We’re here to help!
If a student has been assessed coverage, they will need to register on the Green Shield Website to make claims, get direct deposit, and student discounts. You will have coverage for 12 months, which begins the first of the month that your course starts. For example, if you started in September you will have coverage from Sept. 1 – Aug. 31. Coverage is good throughout Canada, as long as your provincial health care is up to date.
You will not be able to register until the blackout period is over. The blackout period is usually 6 weeks. If you started in Sept. the blackout period with usually be over mid Oct, Jan-mid Feb, etc. You will receive an email to your Selkirk College email account when it is over. You will still have coverage during the blackout. You can submit a claim for any services used during the blackout period when it’s over and have registered.
Your GSC ID # (or Plan Member ID) is SSA(6 digit student #)-00 Ex. SSA123456-00
Attached below is a ‘step by step’ on how to register and make a claim.
You will need to register with Green Shield to use the benefits. See below for more detailed instructions.
The cost of coverage is $279.00 for 12 months.
J & D Benefits, our new third party administrator
You will also receive an email from J & D Benefits. You will register with them if you would like to assign a beneficiary for your Accidental Death/Dismemberment Benefit. You can register with Green Shield Canada(GSC) without having registered with J & D Benefits. You can also go back to J & D and do this later.
The ‘Certificate Number’ is 123456 (your 6 digit student number).
The ‘Client Number’ is SSU- (no numbers, just SSU-)
Student with disabilities, meeting full time requirements, that have not been assessed the coverage or if you have previously opted out and don’t have existing coverage now and are wanting it please contact SCSU.
If you are wanting to add a dependent/s to your coverage, it can be done for an additional fee. An additional $244.00 to add one dependent. An additional $415.00 to add two or more dependents. Dependents will not have the Accidental Death/Dismemberment or Tutorial Benefit.
Please contact SCSU to get the enrollment form to add dependents, as it must be done by the end of the month your course starts. Dependents need to be added each year.
With proof of existing extended health and dental insurance, a student can choose to opt-out of the students’ union coverage. You have until the end of the month that your course starts to opt out. MSP is NOT extended health and dental coverage. For opt-out information please visit your local SCSU office. Opt-out forms are available in office or by clicking the link below under “Forms”. Online opt-out is available only for students starting in September and January. This can be done on our health coverage management website. If not done properly, and on time, you will have the coverage and fees associated with the coverage. It is your responsibility to check your Selkirk College account at the end of the month your course began to confirm you have opted out. Once you have opted out, you are permanently opted out for the rest of your time at Selkirk College.
If you have existing coverage, it is possible to combine both coverage’s to maximize your benefits. For many students this is beneficial. Just because you have coverage doesn’t mean you have to opt out of the SCSU’s coverage. Check out the ‘Plan Details’ below to see if this is a good option for you.
If you have questions or concerns please contact
Selkirk College Students’ Union office
Castlegar Campus Room O-127
Green Shield Student Centre 1-888-711-1119.
Check out the Green Shield Canada App, GSC on the go.