Why a UVSS Health & Dental Plan?

Established by student referenda, the University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS) Health & Dental Plan is extended health and dental coverage designed specifically for students to cover expenses not covered by the Medical Services Plan (MSP) for BC residents and other basic health-care programs.

Who is Covered?

Undergrad students who are members of the UVSS and are registered in at least 3 units of on-campus classes in September or January including co-op or distance students are automatically covered by the UVSS Enhanced Health & Dental Plan.

Attention international students living abroad! See the section below about the increased flexibility this year in response to COVID-19.

Flexible Coverage Options

UVSS members now have access to a flexible benefit model that offers students two options for levels of coverage , the Enhanced Plan (higher coverage at higher cost, $360) and the Basic Plan (lower coverage at lower cost, $290), and the ability to mix and match between them.

Change of Coverage: Opting-Out or Opting-Down

You can choose a different level of coverage, mix and match portions of the Enhanced Care and Basic Care Plans, or opt out of the health portion, the dental portion, or the Plan in its entirety. These changes can be made only during the Change-of-Coverage Period: August 24 – September 22, 2020 (for fall term), and December 22, 2020 – January 22, 2021 (for winter term).

  • Opting out: If you have alternative extended health and dental coverage you can opt-out of the Plan in its entirety (or opt out the health portion or the dental portion).
  • Opting down: you can opt down to the Basic Care Plan, a lower level of coverage at a lower price, with no proof of coverage required.

Opting out happens entirely online through the Studentcare website directly.

Change-of-Coverage Appeals

If you miss the Change-of-Coverage period for a valid reason, you may appeal to the UVSS Health and Dental Appeals Committee by filling out and submitting the appeal form. An appeal does not guarantee an opt-out, and should not be used as a primary method of opting out. You may not appeal to opt-down from the enhanced plan to the basic plan. Appeals will not be granted for students who have already filed claims.

Are you an international student living abroad?

Eligible international students are automatically covered by and billed for applicable portions of the student Plan. Note that Plan benefits are only accessible within Canada.

Due to the impact of travel restrictions related to COVID-19, options for international students have been expanded for the 2020-21 academic year so that you can make the best choice for your individual circumstances. Be sure to read this FAQ to review your options, and find complete details on your Plan’s benefits online.

For all information about submitting claims and coverage visit Studentcare.ca.