Health Plan Office
Tiffani Sawatzky, Social Sustainability Coordinator
Location: Bulman Student Centre, Room 0R04
Phone: (204) 786-9992
Fax: (204) 783-7080
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Important Dates for the 2017/18 Academic Year
Fall Term Opt Change/Opt-Out Deadline: September 18, 2017 (Opt-Out/Opt-Change is now closed)
Winter Term Opt Change/Opt-Out Deadline: January 17, 2018
Spring Term Opt Change/Opt-Out Deadline: May 14, 2018
Please Note: The Blackout Period
UWSA Health Plan Opt-Changes and Opt-Outs are now closed.
Your UWSA Health Plan coverage started September 1, 2017. Between September 1 and September 22 is known as the Blackout Period. This means during this period your enrolment in the UWSA Health Plan is not active, but you are covered by Green Shield. During the Black Out Period, you will not be able to create an online Green Shield account to make a claim or have any services be direct billed. Any eligible expenses you’ve incurred during this period will need to be claimed after this period has ended.
Your UWSA Health Plan Number
Your Green Shield ID is your UWSA Health Plan number and it is self-generating. It’s based off your University of Winnipeg Student ID number (found on your U of W student ID card). Your UWSA Health Plan number starts with UWS then your student number and then 00. The format looks like this: UWS#######-00.
If you opted in a spouse/partner or any dependents their ID is based off your student ID, as well. The format looks like this: UWS#######-01 for a partner/spouse, UWS#######-02 for eldest dependent, UWS#######-03 for next eldest dependent etc.
If you’d like a card with your UWSA Health Plan ID number on it, you can stop by the UWSA General Office and apply for your ISIC card (available to all students, domestic and international) or stop by the UWSA Social Sustainability office (Health plan Office) to pick-up a temporary Green Shield ID card that you can fill out yourself.
About the Health Plan
The UWSA Health Plan ensures coverage for costs outside of Manitoba Health. The health plan covers portions of prescription drugs, hospital accommodations, custom footwear and orthotics, professional services from acupuncture, chiropractors, podiatrists, psychologists, speech therapists, naturopaths, registered massage therapists, physiotherapists, sports therapists, and homeopaths, accidental and basic dental, prescription eye glasses and contact lenses, eye exams, and tutors.
As part of the National Student Health Network, through the Canadian Federation of Students (-Services), our insurance provider is Green Shield Canada.
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more answers!
Who is on the Plan?
All full-time undergraduate students, taking 9 credit hours or more in a term, are automatically included in the UWSA health plan. All other U of W students (part-time, graduate, registered with accessibility services) have the option of opting into the UWSA health plan. As well, all students on the health plan can extend their coverage to their spouse, common-law partner, or children.
Your Green Shield ID is UWS(Your student number)-00. Example: UWS1234567-00
How to Opt Out
All opt outs for are done online. A link will be available prior to the opt out date. This year, students can opt out starting Aug. 1, 2017.
Only full-time students (9 credit hours/term or more) who are covered under another health benefits plan need to opt-out. If you’re registered for fewer than 9 credit hours, you’re not on the plan and don’t need to opt out.
How to Opt In or Change your Plan
Opt in and Opt Change are for people who are not on the plan (part-time, Graduate, or students registered with accessibility services for full-time status), for Aboriginal students who are eligible for the more affordable Aboriginal Health Plan, and for students who want to add family.
Did you know you can extend your coverage to your spouse and/or children! Even if you have other health benefits, the UWSA Health Plan can supplement that coverage.
Health Plan Fees for 2017/18
Different plan types have different costs. Here is a chart of the Health Plan Fees depending on the plan you have
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Full-time undergraduate students are automatically charged the Full time Single fee, $233.20
This fee will be automatically charged on your UWinnipeg student account when you pay for tuition.
Things you should check out!
UWSA Health Plan – Summary of Benefits– An overview of your benefits
For a detailed description of what is covered, check out your health benefits booklet.
Benefit Plan Booklet – Full time and Part time
Benefit Plan Booklet – Aboriginal with Treaty Status
For more information about your Green Shield membership, visit the Green Shield Student Centre, where you can set up direct deposit and manage your claims.
Access your account on your smart phone through the Green Shield App!
How to use the Green Shield App
Here are the forms you need to utilize the health plan and/or make changes to your coverage
Appeal Form If you have issues with the health plan fees or service provision, you can submit a formal appeal with the Health Plan Coordinator.
Opt-Change Form 2017/18 Use this form to opt-in or change your plan type.
How to fill out your claim form:
Submit claims online & how to create your online Green Shield account:
As of May 1st, 2016 students are able to file their insurance claims ONLINE!
Yes! Opt-outs can take a few weeks to process. We recommend you pay your full tuition including your health plan fees to avoid incurring any late fees on your student account and to avoid the university placing a hold on your student account. Once your opt-out is processed you’ll be credited back in full on your student account.
Just make sure to hold onto your opt-out confirmation email from Green Shield until you’ve received your credit!
Read how to submit an Online Claim Form here:
How to submit an Online Claim Form
Social Sustainability Manager
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Bulman Students’ Centre, Room 0R04
Opt Out Issues or Complaints
Karolya Vargscarr, UWSA General Manager
Green Shield Customer Service
Customer Service Website