StudentCare and Montreal
This past week the Executive was in Montreal, so be prepared for several blogs on Montreal and how amazing it was. We had the opportunity to go to a Client Stakeholder Meeting for StudentCare. It was a very educational and well-planned set of meetings and it was rather fun.
I don’t know how much you know about the USSU’s Health and Dental Plan that covers all undergraduate students (there is also a plan for GSA) but it’s pretty great, especially for students who are no longer covered by the plan they had when they were kids. We are covered up to 80% on prescription drugs, so for those of you who are on birth control the costs are pretty minimal. If you need to get a vaccination for say tetanus you are 100% covered up to $150 (per year). If you have an emergency and need an ambulance the plan covers it for reasonable and customary charges. You’re covered up to $500/policy year for dental, and $50 per year for eye exams. If you check out the Ihaveaplan.ca website you will find a network of healthcare professionals such as dentists, massage therapists, optometrists, physiotherapists that offer additional discounts to students. The plan also runs from Sept. 1st –August 31st so even in the summer you are covered. It is also pretty spectacular to know that if you are going to be studying abroad the plan covers a certain amount of time before and after your scheduled term in case you want to travel before or after. They also have travel coverage, so there is money available if your trip gets cancelled or if there is an interruption in your trip. I learnt quite a lot from the meetings with StudentCare and even meet some of the people from the videos on the website, because all of the people in the videos work in the office.
I think my favourite thing that I learnt about StudentCare was that those who run it and are the representatives for it in the various provinces were all part of student governments during their time in University or College so they have a great working knowledge of what students want and need. If this plan is lacking anything or if you want to know more, please contact me!