UTGSU Digest: New OHIP+ Program & Winter Welcome Social Feedback Form – January 11, 2018

January 11th, 2018

Digest

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
2. New OHIP+ Drug Program

3. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
4. Winter Opt-Out Period for Levies
5. Winter Welcome Social Feedback Form
6. Community Organizing – Communicating Your Message In Person
7. Winter Cycling Workshop
8. Grad Talk: Seeking, Striving, Finding: Staying Motivated in Grad School
9. Parenting a Child with a Learning Disability — What’s Available and What’s Possible
10. Igniting Impact: Apply Your Expertise to Benefit the World

 

1. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-out and Opt-in Period: January 1-31, 2018
Important: The Health and Dental Insurance Change-of-Coverage Period for NEW students only starting in January 2018 is January 1-31, 2018. Full and part-time graduate students are automatically covered by the UTGSU Health & Dental Plan. There is no waiting period to be enrolled in the plan, however, there is a blackout period for students starting in January (until March 1) for submitting their claims. The University sends the list of all active students directly to the broker to be uploaded to the Green Shield System after the enrollment period is completed. Please visit our website for more information at www.utgsu.ca/insurance.

2. New OHIP+ Drug Program
On January 1, 2018, the Ontario government launched a public drug program which covers more than 4,400 drug products for Ontario residents 24 years and under so long as they have valid OHIP coverage. You can also learn more about the program at ontario.ca/ohipplus. Information on who can and who cannot access the plan is listed below:

  • If you are an Ontario resident 24 and under covered by OHIP, most drug claims are now reimbursed by the Ontario Government through your health card.  Visit studentcare.cafor details.
  • If you are an Ontario resident 24 and under NOT covered by OHIP, claims will continue to be reimbursed by your student plan.
  • If you are an international student or if you are covered by another province’s health insurance plan, claims will continue to be reimbursed by your student plan.
  • If you are 25 and over,  you will NOT be eligible for OHIP +.  Your claims will continue to be reimbursed by your student plan.
  • If you are 25 and over with dependents, you will NOT be eligible for OHIP +, however, your dependents will qualify for OHIP +.  Your claims will continue to be reimbursed by your student plan.

You can continue to claim your prescription drugs through your Health & Dental Plan by using your Pay-Direct Card which you can download at www.studentcare.ca.

3. Health & Dental Insurance Plan Coverage After Convocation
If you are on the UTGSU Health and Dental Insurance (HDI) Plan, and you graduated in November, you will still be covered under the plan until December 31, 2017, provided you paid the Fall fees. You can purchase the 12 Month Extended Coverage. The opt-in dates are January 1-31, 2018. For more information, please view your benefits package on: www.studentcare.ca. If you require additional help, email the HDI Office at health@utgsu.ca.

4. Winter Opt-Out Period for Levies
As part of your UTGSU Membership fee, you have access to different levy groups that provide a variety of different services. Please see each levy group in the link below for specific instructions on how and when you can opt-out of these services: Levy Groups Opt-Out Periods.

5. Winter Welcome Social Feedback Form
Thank you for joining us at our Winter Welcome Social! If you have two minutes, please fill out our feedback form so we can continue making events catered to you. We will be collecting anonymous responses until January 18, 2018. Feedback form: https://goo.gl/forms/rS8SHSCNkWXjXBiT2. If you have any questions about this feedback form, please email us at info@utgsu.ca.

6. Community Organizing – Communicating Your Message In Person
In person outreach and engaging the public in a ‘one on one’ or public speaking fashion can easily feel overwhelming, even for the most extroverted of us. So how can you ease the stress, anxiety, and initial barriers to actually getting people to talk to you? Come learn some tips, tricks, and best practices to getting cold glances to melt and strangers to hear you out. In this workshop, we will be covering some of the basic and most common scenarios and how to best navigate each one. For example, fliering on street corners or in university halls, tabling at events, and speaking to a crowd during a public event or action. Each section will be broken down into an hour each and will incorporate participatory activities. More information at: https://goo.gl/JQME9i.

7. Winter Cycling Workshop
It’s never too late in the season to start winter riding! Join Bikechain from 6:30 to 8:30 on Monday, January 29th for a talk about proper gear, setting up and maintaining your bike, and tricks and tips to keep safe while riding in the winter. For more information, email them at: bikechainuoft@gmail.com.

8. Grad Talk: Seeking, Striving, Finding: Staying Motivated in Grad School
Graduate school, as the saying goes, is more of a marathon than a sprint–but what does this mean in practice? In this workshop, you’ll explore the challenge of staying motivated when the finish line is nowhere in sight. This session will involve reflection and discussion. Presented by the Academic Success Centre. Happening on Thursday, January 25, 12:00 – 1:30pm. Register at: http://bookit.studentlife.utoronto.ca.

9. Parenting a Child with a Learning Disability — What’s Available and What’s Possible
Join the Family Care Office for this discussion on parenting concerns for children with disabilities. Topics that will be covered include understanding learning disabilities, ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome; management of the disability at home and at school; discussing with your child about their learning disability; advocating and finding supports for your child; hear from 1-2 current U of T students with a learning disability about their experience growing up with a LD. A question and answer period will follow. Speaker: Pearl Levey, Ph.D., Disability Counsellor, U of T Accessibility Services. Happening on January 17, 12 – 1:30 pm at 214 College St., Room 313. Registration required at: http://uoft.me/3Qn.

10. Igniting Impact: Apply Your Expertise to Benefit the World
The Impact Centre (a unit under the Faculty of Arts & Science) is launching a new program for U of T graduate students and postdoctoral fellows called Igniting Impact. The program will work with graduate students and post-docs to identify areas where they can apply their expertise to solve global challenges and provide up to $5,500 plus access to space, equipment, and mentoring to kick-start your idea. The program will be delivered at three events with specific focus areas: January 23 – Assistive Devices, January 30 – Energy Efficiency, and February 7 – Improving Health. More information and a short application are available at: http://www.impactcentre.ca/ignite.