MORE INFORMATION

The information on this website is directed at those members who are opting out of the plan, and for those who will continue on the plan, more information can be found at www.ocsu.ca/health-and-dental or via your online portal (which you are able to access once you are fully enrolled in the plan).

For more information about the health and dental plan coverage and opt out eligibility, please contact the Students’ Union by emailing health-dental@ocsu.ca.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below are some frequently asked questions and associated answers. Please review these before contact the Students’ Union with questions.

Where can I find my plan information to complete the online opt out?

Sometimes when you are covered by a parent, you don’t always have the plan information directly. You can access the necessary information on a claim card, which is provided to every plan member, or by logging into your online claims website. You can also call you carrier and ask for the necessary information. Insurance providers can also provide you proof of coverage letters that include the necessary details and validate that you have existing coverage.

Can I add my dependents to my plan?

Yes. You are able to add a spouse or common law partner for an additional payment of $264.80 for 1 semester, or you can add 2 family members for an additional payment of $329.12 per semester. If you wish to add 3 family members the cost is an additional $341.84 per semester. To add additional dependents the cost is $66.20 per month per dependent. The process of adding a dependent occurs after you have been enrolled in the plan yourself as the principle and receive a link to your online health and dental plan portal. Through that portal, you can access the option to add dependents by filing in the necessary information and by paying the fee online. An access link to this portal will be emailed once you are enrolled in the plan, and the deadline to add dependents is the last day of the month in which you were enrolled (for example, if you received notice of enrolment in October, you would need to add your dependents by October 31).

How can I tell if I’m included in the Students’ Union plan?

The Students’ Union plan is applied to all full-time students in programs that are at least 16 weeks and taking 3 courses or more, unless taking certain programs, like adult basic education or co-op programming. To check if you are covered, consult your Okanagan College fee statement and look for a charge labelled OCSU Extended Health & Dental Plan.

Do status First Nations students need to opt out of the Students’ Union plan?

No, First Nations students can absolutely participate in the health and dental service. While those who are status First Nations do receive extended health and dental coverage from the federal government, students have reported that this coverage compares poorly to comprehensive plans. Though sponsoring Nations might not provide financial support for the costs of the Students’ Union health and dental plan, First Nations students are certainly not required to opt out.