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 eyeglasses and contact lenses, eye exams, and tutors.
As part of the National Student Health Network, through the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), our insurance provider is Green Shield Canada.
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more answers!
*UWSA offices are closed till further notice but staff are still available virtually. Please email or call us at firstname.lastname@example.org, 431-338-7519, or 431-374-6801 for assistance.
Opt-Change/Opt-Out Out Deadlines
Fall Term Opt-Change/Opt-Out Deadline: September 21, 2021
Winter Term Opt-Change/Opt-Out Deadline: January 20, 2022
Spring Term Opt-In/Opt-Change/Opt-Out Deadline: May 19, 2022
Click here to Opt-Out before September 21, 2021. Coverage is mandatory for International students studying over six months. Please note that students can only Opt-Out in the first term of their study. Only students starting in the Spring term in May can Opt-Out/Opt-Change right now. Students who started in September can Opt-Out/Opt-Change in the Fall 2021 term again.
Please note that new Green Shield accounts will be activated after the course add/drop period ends. Please keep your receipts for services used between the blackout period and you should be able to claim them retroactively.
Please check your student account on Web Advisor for any outstanding fees!
Health Plan fees are assessed a few days after you register or make changes to your account, so there may be a balance on your account.
Please email your name, student number, and any questions that you have regarding fee assessment to email@example.com
Your UWSA Health Plan Number/Green Shield ID:
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 Green Shield ID is UWS (Your student number)-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.
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.
How to Create Your Account
Your UWSA Green Shield Health Plan is all online! You can set up and access your account at student.greenshield.ca after the Opt-Out period has ended. Just follow the steps to get a registration key and have your UWSA Health Plan/GSC ID number handy!
Please note that if you are creating a new account, you will only be able to do so after the Opt-Out period is over. Keep your receipts for any claims in the first two weeks of the term and you can claim them later.
Want more information? Check out this video on how to create your account online:
How to Make Claims:
If your service provider does not direct bill, you will need to submit a claim by mail, online, or through the app. Set-up an account at online or download the app: GSC On the Go. Once you login, you can view your summary of benefits booklet and submit claims online.
Read how to submit an Online Claim Form here:
How to submit an Online Claim Form
You can also chose to submit a paper General Claim Form and submit it to Info Booth or mail it to the Green Shield office.
How to Opt Out
All opt outs for are done online here. Please Opt-Out by September 21, 2021 to qualify. Please note that students can only Opt-Out in the first term of their study. Only students starting in the Spring term can Opt-Out/Opt-Change right now. Students who started in September can Opt-Out/Opt-Change in the Fall 2021 term again.
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), 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.
Missed a deadline? Please file an appeal by filling up the Appeal Form 2021-22 and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org with 30 days of the Opt-Out/Opt-Change deadline.
Health Plan Fees for 2021/22
Click here to download an accessible PDF version of the Health Plan rates: 2021-22 Health Plan Rates
Full-time undergraduate students are automatically charged the fee on their UWinnipeg student account when you pay for tuition. Please email your name, student number, and any questions that you have regarding fee assessment to email@example.com
To find out if you’re eligible to receive awards or bursaries for student fees, including student association fees, please contact the UWinnipeg Awards Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
For more information about your Green Shield membership, visit the Green Shield Student Centre, where you can set up a direct deposit and manage your claims.
You now have access to Inkblot Technologies (Inkblot), Canada’s fastest-growing virtual mental health platform. You can read more info here: Green Shield Acquires Inkblot Technologies
Access your account on your smartphone 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.
Health Plan Appeal Form 2021-22: If you have issues with the health plan fees or service provision, you can submit a formal appeal with the Health Plan Coordinator.
Location: Bulman Students Centre, Room 0R04
Opt Out Issues or Complaints
Karolya Vargscarr, UWSA General Manager
Green Shield Customer Service
Customer Service Website