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The GSA offers medical, dental and accident insurance plans designed to be relatively comprehensive and low in cost. All full-time students registered in the Fall term, including international students, are automatically covered by the plan for the entire September 1-August 31 plan year. Students who register as full-time in the Winter or Summer terms are not automatically covered. Students beginning during the Winter semester may join the plan. Students may also choose to add spouses (including common-law and same-sex spouses) and their children. Those students with equivalent or greater coverage with another plan can opt-out for a refund.

Students can use their Carleton ID card at participating pharmacies and dentists’ offices across Canada to pay only the deductible for their prescription or dental service. Tell them you have Green Shield student coverage, and that your ID number is CAR (for Carleton) plus your student number.

A comprehensive information booklet is available in our offices, on the 6th floor of the UC building, or can be downloaded. See the Benefits and Making a Claim page for a summary, claim forms, and the detailed booklet.

Part-time students are not automatically covered, but may join the plan. Part-time co-op students are subject to the same rules as part-time students. If your part-time co-op is in the Fall Term, you will need to opt-in to the health plan.

To join or leave the plan please see Opt-out and Opt-in page.

Plan Members

Full-time Students

All full-time students registered in the Fall term, including international students, are automatically covered by the plan. Plan charges are automatically added to your student fees when the Carleton computer registration system tabulates full-time student status. Students who register as full-time in the Winter or Summer terms are not automatically covered. Students beginning during the Winter semester may opt-in to the plan.

Part-time Students

Part-time students are not automatically covered, but may join the plan. Part-time co-op students are subject to the same rules as part-time students. If your part-time co-op is in the Fall Term, you will need to opt-in to the health plan.

January Start Students

If your studies started in January or you were otherwise not enrolled in September, you have an opportunity to join the Health Plan in January. To do so, fill out an opt-in form and bring it to the GSA Office with cash, certified cheque, or money order on or by the deadline. January start students may also opt-in dependents at this time. Students who were enrolled during the Fall may not use this opt-in period for themselves or their dependents.

GSA Health Plan 2016-17

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Health Plan, News

GSA Health Plan 2016-17

The GSA offers medical, dental, and accident insurance plan designed to be relatively comprehensive and low in cost. All full-time students registered in the Fall term, including international students, are automatically covered by the plan for the entire September 1-August 31 plan year. Visit benefits and making a claim to learn about how to use your coverage. If you already have comparable coverage, you can request to leave the Plan and get a refund (opt-out). Refunds will occur in late October by a credit to your student account. You must...

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GSA Health Plan Refund Update 2015

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Health Plan, News

If you requested to leave the GSA Health, Dental and Accident plan by the deadline your opt-out was processed to your Carleton student account on October 30, 2015. If you have a credit balance, a refund will be automatically processed and a cheque will be printed and mailed to you by Carleton on Friday, November 6, 2015. Please ensure that your address is up to date in Carleton Central. If you do not have a credit on your account, the opt-out will be applied to your winter tuition which is due November 25, 2015. Any questions regarding the...

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GSA Health Plan 2015-16

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Health Plan, News

GSA Health Plan 2015-16

The GSA offers medical, dental, and accident insurance plan designed to be relatively comprehensive and low in cost. All full-time students registered in the Fall term, including international students, are automatically covered by the plan for the entire September 1-August 31 plan year. Visit benefits and making a claim to learn about how to use your coverage. If you already have comparable coverage, you can request to leave the Plan and get a refund (opt-out). Refunds will occur in mid to late October by a credit to your student account....

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Health Plan Opt-out Period Open for 2015-16

Posted by on Jul 5, 2015 in Health Plan, News

The opt-out period for 2015-16 plan year is open. Full-time students who are already covered under a similar or better insurance policy may leave the plan, with a refund, by October 2, 2015. No other proof of opt-out will be accepted including but not limited to, opt-out forms filled out on other students’ unions websites and/or their affiliated brokers or plan providers websites. Undergraduate students (Bachelors degrees) who may want to opt out or opt in of their health plan should visit CUSA or contact CUSA by phone at...

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Graduating? Green Shield Canada Health Assist LINK Lets you Buy New Health and Dental Coverage

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Health Plan, News

All members of the GSA Health, Dental, and Accident plan have coverage until August 31, even if they have graduated. If you won’t be enrolling again for the Fall, our insurance provider Green Shield offers guaranteed coverage – no health questionnaire is required if you apply within 60 days of leaving the GSA plan. Green Shield Canada Health Assist LINK provides varying levels of health, drug, dental and travel coverage at competitive prices – plus a few added perks. Find out all the details and request a...

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Health Plan Opt-Out Refunds Have Been Made to Students’ Accounts

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Health Plan, News

Students who requested to leave the GSA Health, Dental and Accident plan have had the money refunded to their Carleton Student Accounts on October 27, 2014. This credit balance can be used to pay for winter tuition which is due November 25, 2014, or you may request a refund cheque from Carleton. Any questions regarding the opt-out process should be sent to the GSA office at gsa@gsacerleton.ca. To request a cheque from Carleton please use the following steps: Verify that you have a credit balance on your student account by logging into...

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GSA Health Plan Announcement 2014-15

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Health Plan, News

GSA Health Plan Announcement 2014-15

The GSA will be working with Green Shield Canada to deliver an improved Health, Dental and Accident Plan (the “Plan”) starting September 1st, 2014. The Plan enhancements are based on the feedback from plan members. New to the Plan this year is IUD coverage, and paramedical coverage at $20/visit to a $300 combined maximum for chiropractic, massage, naturopath, physiotherapy, speech therapy, and psychology. Also the dental maximum is increasing from $600 to $750. Our website has been updated to reflect the new coverage details and prices. Visit...

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Membership Advisory #6: GSA Health, Dental and Accident Plan

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Health Plan, News

Until the summer of 2012, graduate and undergraduate students worked collaboratively on a joint health, dental and accident plan for over a decade. At the end of July 2012 the Carleton Undergraduate Students Association (CUSA) announced that it was breaking two contracts with the GSA and one with the health plan broker. CUSA indicated it was initiating its own plan effective September 1, 2012. The contracts in question required a referendum or mutual agreement to abandon the health plan. These mechanisms had long been in place to avoid sudden...

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Membership Advisory #5: GSA Health, Dental and Accident Plan

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Health Plan, News

Prepared by and distributed on behalf of the Board of Directors of GSA Carleton Inc. The GSA Board of Directors is pleased that CUSA submitted a Statement of Defence on January 24, 2013. The Board appreciates receiving a slightly better glimpse into CUSA’s position on the matter. The Health, Dental and Accident Plan has recently received some media attention. This has included an opinion piece in the Charlatan – written by former GSA and CUSA executives – that clarifies the original intent of the CUSA-GSA Drug/Accident and...

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Membership Advisory #4: GSA Health, Dental and Accident Plan

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Health Plan, News

Prepared by and distributed on behalf of the Board of Directors of GSA Carleton Inc. The previous Membership Advisory (see below) detailed the GSA Carleton Inc. Board of Directors’ difficult decision to pursue legal action against CUSA Inc. over CUSA’s purported unilateral termination of two health plan agreements and their claim to 100% ownership of funds held in the health plan reserve. The Board of Directors of GSA Carleton Inc. is disappointed to report that after missing yet another deadline, CUSA and its legal counsel have asked for a...

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