Student Health Plan expands once again!

Seneca Velling
Seneca Velling
FY2020 VP Operations & Finance
Thu, 05/21/2020 - 13:15

In late April, the joint student Health Plan Oversight Committee of WUSA and the GSA agreed to a series of expansions for coverage to your student health benefits! In total, the Health Plan will now see improved vision and chiropractic coverage, including expansion of eye examinations, eyeglasses and contacts, and increased pharmaceutical coverage based on student interest which was determined to be clinically advisable. These changes come in the wake of the expansion of mental health benefits and introduction of the new Empower Me Student Assistance Program earlier this Winter 2020 Term.

Adjustments for Vision Coverage

After student consultation and grass-roots requests raised via your Student Councillors, the Health Plan Oversight Committee tasked plan administrators at Studentcare with reviewing benefits expansion options for vision that were financially possible and clinically useful to students. Students will now have access to improved vision coverage, including:

  • Increasing eye examination coverage from $50 to $100 per 24 months
  • Increasing eyeglasses and contact lens coverage from $75 to $125 per 24 months

Chiropractic Coverage

The Committee also removed the $20 per visit cap on chiropractic care, to the new 80% up to $400 annual coverage limit, to be consistent with other coverage levels provided by the Student Health Plan. 

Drug Formulary Expansion

Over the course of the last fiscal year, we reviewed our drug formulary to determine what prescription pharmaceuticals would be covered. With improvements accepted by the Committee, hundreds of new prescription drugs that include a variety of migraine medications, contraceptives, vaccinations, and hormonal treatments are available for students who need them. Specifically, the changes include those recommended by the former VP Student Life, Amanda FitzPatrick, to provide better trans-healthcare for UWaterloo students.

Benefits improvements go into force for the 2020-2021 policy year (aligned with the Fall 2020 through Spring 2021 academic year). Look out for changes this fall, and remember to enjoy your coverage while it lasts!