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Health, Dental, and Accident Plan

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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.

2012-2013 Health Plan Update Report

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Health Plan, News

Our broker Morneau Shepell has provided a document with information and updates about the design, administration, and finances of the plan. Download the PDF Report

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Membership Advisory #3: GSA Health, Dental, and Accident Plan

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Health Plan, News

Prepared by and distributed on behalf of the Board of Directors of GSA Carleton Inc. The GSA Carleton Inc. Board of Directors has continued its efforts to address the decision by the Carleton University Students’ Association and CUSA Inc. to attempt to unilaterally terminate two agreements regarding the Health, Dental, and Accident Plan with GSA Carleton Inc. at the end of July 2012. Despite its best efforts, the Board has not been able to reach a satisfactory resolution and the CUSA executive continues to refuse to meet under the terms of...

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Membership Advisory #2: CUSA/GSA Health, Dental, and Accident Plan

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 in Health Plan, News

Prepared by and distributed on behalf of the Board of Directors of GSA Carleton Inc. Dear Members, As you are likely aware from our previous Membership Advisory (below), the Carleton Undergraduate Students’ Association (CUSA) has been privately negotiating a new for-profit health plan. Last week, in an emergency meeting called by CUSA President Alex Golovko, CUSA council passed a motion to change its bylaws. This highly questionable change was intended to give the CUSA Inc. Board of Trustees (President, VP Finance, and VP Internal) power to...

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Membership Advisory: CUSA/GSA Health, Dental, and Accident Plan

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Health Plan, News

Prepared by and distributed on behalf of the Board of Directors of GSA Carleton Inc. For many years the GSA and CUSA have jointly offered a not-for-profit Health, Dental and Accident Plan (the “Plan”) for students at Carleton University. The cost to students of the current plan has been stable for six years while benefits have consistently improved. Decisions on changes to the plan have been made by the Joint Oversight Committee as established in the Drug/Accident and Dental Plan Agreement (2000) between the GSA and CUSA. In 2011, CUSA and...

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GSA Health Plan Benefit Improvements 2012-2013

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 in Health Plan, News

CUSA and the GSA are proud to announce improvements to the health and dental plan again this year AT NO EXTRA COST to you! Last year, we increased the dental maximum to $600.00 and added Optometrist exams. Effective September 1, 2012 we have added: A vision care benefit of $150.00 every two years including eye exams. This is a $100.00 increase which can be used toward your eye examination or prescription lenses. Wisdom teeth coverage has been improved with its own maximum benefit of $500.00 per lifetime. This means that dental coverage has...

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