Health & Dental | What Is It | Why Do You Have It | What’s Covered | How Do I Use It | Can I Opt Out | How Do I Get My Benefits Card | Can I Add On Family Members | FAQ | MyWellness | On Site Dental Hygienist
We do this by providing eligible students with a Health and Dental insurance plan, as well as by offering a variety of programs and services designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and to bring awareness to physical and mental wellness.
Health and Wellness events sponsored by the SA fun and informative and include:
You can find out more information on our special events on our events calendar.
Healthy eating is important for your overall health and ability to perform at BCIT. Check out our Farm Fresh produce program or take part in our Crash Course Cooking program! In addition to this, we are excited to be able to offer a Student Breakfast Club and Fresh Fruit Fridays. Click here for details.
If you have any questions about the SA’s Health and Wellness initiatives, you can visit our Health and Wellness Coordinator at the Student Association Centre (SAC) in SE2, Burnaby Campus.
Darla Williscroft – Health & Dental Plan Coordinator
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (for specific enquiries regarding your personal coverage)
Phone: 604.456.8056 (for general enquiries)
For comprehensive details on the policy please visit www.mystudentplan.ca/bcit
Our Insurance provider is Great West Life, who will receive and process your claims.
IMPORTANT – There is an 8 week validation period from the start date of your program at BCIT where you will not be able to submit claims. Hold onto the original copies of your receipts and submit them after the validation period has finished to Great West Life.
It is easy to make a claim! You can submit electronically to our provider Great West Life by going through www.mystudentplan.ca/bcit OR you can download the hard copy form from the same web address.
There is even a mobile app to make claims with ‘Great West Life GroupNet’! GroupNet is free to download to iPhone, Android or Blackberry.
To register for electronic claims you will need the following:
You can register for a Benefits Card online which can be used for Pharmaceutical claims or at a Dental provider. With this card you receive your discount at the counter which means less cash out of your pocket!
NOTE: You will need to register for BC Fair Pharmacare to receive your Benefit Card. To find out more visit https://pharmacare.moh.hnet.bc.ca/ or phone 1.800.663.7100 for assistance.
For any claims related enquiries you can contact Great West Life directly on 1.800.957.9777
For all other enquiries about your coverage, come visit the Health and Dental office in SE2 building of the Burnaby Campus or email us: email@example.com
The plan is a great deal for students, and you can co-ordinate your benefits with any existing policy you have to pay up to 100% for eligible products and services.
Although we encourage you to stay on the plan, you are able to ‘opt out’ only IF:
IMPORTANT – The 30 day deadline for opting out is non-negotiable so don’t be late! Any eligible student who fails to opt-out within this deadline will not be refunded the health plan fee assessed with tuition, and will be enrolled in the plan.
To Opt out… you can submit an application online at www.mystudentplan.ca/bcit by finding the ‘waiver’ form under the ‘Opt-out/enrol’ banner.
You can also bring the form to the BCITSA Health and Dental office in SE2, along with proof of comparable coverage, to proceed with the ‘opt out’.
Some Aboriginal Students may have comparable coverage from their First Nations band and/or sponsorship agency, and as such may be eligible to opt-out of the Student Health Plan. Be sure to provide all necessary documents before the 30 day opt-out deadline. Visit us at the SA Centre in SE2 for more information.
Family members (limited to spouse and dependants) can be added onto your Health and Dental Plan!
IMPORTANT – You only have 30 days from the start date of your program to add family members to your policy, so don’t be late!
Visit www.mystudentplan.ca/bcit to download the family add-on form and take it to the BCITSA Health and Dental office in SE2.
Payment must be made in full at the BCITSA Health and Dental plan office by certified cheque, money order or cash only – Sorry no debit or credit cards.
Registering for a Benefits card isn’t necessary to start using your plan, however it makes claiming a lot easier!
With a Benefits Card, the amount you are covered for will automatically be taken off your bill at the counter when purchasing eligible prescription drugs or visiting the dentist.
This means less cash out of your pocket and no need to submit a claim later!
You can register for a benefit card at www.mystudentplan.ca/bcit or drop into the BCITSA Health and Dental office in SE2.
NOTE: You will need to register for ‘BC Fair Pharmacare’ to receive your Benefit Card. To find out more visit http://pharmacare.moh.hnet.bc.ca or phone 1.800.663.7100 for assistance.
To be eligible, you must be enrolled in an applicable full-time program of 16 weeks or longer. It is your responsibility to know when your coverage starts and ends. You are able to check this at my.bcit.ca under your registration fees. It is also mandatory for you to have basic medical coverage such as a BC Care Card (MSP/Services Card/Personal Health Number), Student Guard (Guard Me) or comparable coverage from your country or province of origin
MSP stands for Medical Services Plan of British Columbia. After receiving your Personal Health Number (Services Card/Care Card), you qualify for basic medical coverage that includes doctor’s appointments, medical tests, hospital stays, etc. It is your responsibility to be in good standing with your MSP as the BCITSA Student Health Plan does not cover this expense for you
Fair Pharmacare is a prescription assistance program set up by the BC government to help with the cost of prescriptions. By signing up, you are getting better prescription coverage and are ultimately helping decrease the cost of the plan.
Yes! You are covered under the plan as long as you fill the eligibility criteria and have basic medical coverage. If you don’t have basic medical coverage, you can purchase Student Guard (Guard Me) through the International Student Office and/or sign up for MSP within three months of moving to BC. To pick up your benefit card, please show your study permit with your basic medical insurance at the BCITSA Health and Dental Office.
Part-time students and students in full-time programs less than 16 weeks are not eligible for the BCITSA Health and Dental plan. If you enroll in a full-time applicable program in the future, you will automatically be on the plan when you are assessed in your registration fees. To purchase interim Optional coverage please refer to the following link: https://www.mystudentplan.ca/bcit/Purchase-optional-coverage
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You can use myBenefits card at any Pharmacy or Dental Office that uses electronic billing and your percentage of reimbursement will be taken off at source. You will not have to pay out your own money nor go through a receipt process for these services. The Extended Health and Optical coverage on your plan generally does not use the Benefit Card and you usually have to pay up front for these services and go through a receipt process, however, always ask if you can use your card.
The myBenefits Card is an important piece of identification that will ease access to your benefits. All eligible students can complete the myBenefits Card Registration Form. This multi-purpose card provides your policy information for submission of claims at both the Pharmacy and the Dental Office.
To obtain your myBenefits Card you must first register for BC Fair Pharmacare.
You have several options for applying for your Benefit Card. Once you establish that you are eligible, download the form here or pick it up at the BCITSA Health and Dental Plan office and:
Students are able to pick up their myBenefits Card at any time during their benefit year. It usually takes about 48 hours to process a benefit card application in person, by email, by fax or online. myBenefits Card for mail out are subject to Canada Post time frames
You have 30 days from the start date of your program, once per year, to add your spouse and/or dependents to the BCITSA Student Health and Dental Plan (or within 30 days of loss of comparable coverage at any time during your benefit year)
After this 30 day time frame, “Add-Ons” cannot be processed.
YOU REQUIRE THIS FORM:
Student Benefits Family Add-on Form & Receipt
Family Add-On download
They are not automatically on the plan but you can add them as long as you have been living with them for twelve months or longer. See above: “Is my family covered under the BCITSA Student Health Plan?” in the FAQs for details on adding family members.
If you have previously opted out of the plan, you can opt-in within 30 days of your program start date every year. You may also opt-in within 30 days of losing your comparable other coverage. To opt-in, fill out this form. Then bring the form to the BCITSA Student Health Plan office in SE2 Room 286. Please come by the office or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of time for a quote on the cost of opting back in and information on payment methods
You can either coordinate between both of your plans for better coverage (100% in some cases) or Opt-out of the plan.
Students have four options available for opting out – once per year – within 30 days from their program start date. Download the Student Benefits Waiver Form here or pick it up at the BCITSA Health and Dental Plan office and:
IMPORTANT: Students have 30 days from the start of their program, once per year, to opt out of the BCITSA Student Health and Dental Plan, with a completed Waiver/Opt Out form and one of the following proofs of comparable other coverage:
If you do not have comparable coverage through another provider, you cannot opt out. If you already have coverage through your parents, spouse, or work, you can opt out.
Stop by SE2 Room 286 (Student Association Centre) with your picture ID (BCIT ID, passport, BC ID, or Driver’s License) or email us at email@example.com with your full name, BCIT ID number, date of birth and question/s.
If you have a generic question about the plan (account-specific questions cannot be answered over the phone for privacy reasons), you can also call the BCITSA Student Health Plan Office at 604.456.8056.
If you’re on the BCIT student health plan then come and get your teeth cleaned right here in the Student Association Centre (SAC) in SE2, and bring a perfect smile to your job interview or presentation.
Cleanings are every weekday, starting in September. Sign up online (see link below), or at the Student Association Centre to ensure you don’t miss out!