ARCHIVED CD 2010-018: Information Notice to Employees
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Employees' Responsibilities Concerning the Federal Group Plan for the British Columbia (BC) Medical Services Plan (MSP).
The purpose of this information notice is to inform employees of their responsibility in relations to the Federal Group Plan for BC MSP.
Employees should review the information on the BC Ministry of Health Services Web site.
NOTE: The information on the BC MSP Web site and associated links are available in English only and fall under the jurisdiction of the BC government.
Employees are responsible for:
- Determining if it is advantageous to join the Federal Group Plan that pays 50% of the premiums. Please note that there is no coordination of benefits for BC MSP therefore, coverage with only one plan is required.
- Completing and submitting the Application for Group Enrolment (HLTH 167) - BC Ministry of Health Services Web site form to the personnel office, if they wish to join the Federal Group Plan.
- Cancelling their group enrolment with their previous employer, if applicable, or any coverage they currently have with the BC MSP, before joining the Federal Group Plan.
- Co-ordinating their coverage cancellation and the enrolment to the Federal Group Plan to ensure that there is no lapse or duplication in coverage. This would also apply if the employee is going to be covered under another group plan and no longer requires coverage by the Federal Group Plan.
- Verifying regularly if they still need coverage under the Federal Group Plan, if their situation changes and cancelling their participation in a timely manner if pertinent.
- Amending their coverage in a timely manner, if they need to add or remove a dependant.
- Obtaining the BC MSP letter authorizing the refund of more than two months due to a duplicate coverage situation; the document should also contain the period to be refunded.
- Obtaining the following information from their compensation advisor:
- The amount of the premium;
- The amount of the taxable benefit;
- When the deduction and the coverage will start; and
- If retroactive application, cancellation or amendment to the Federal Group Plan is allowed.
Any request for information regarding the foregoing should be addressed to your compensation advisor.
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