Well not me, but let me explain.
If you are a student at the University of Regina the Health and Dental plan has changed. That means you are automatically paying for this fee in your tuition and you must OPT OUT in order to receive your money back ($196.40 for one year, to be exact). Before, you used to have to opt in to get the benefits package.
|SEE HERE'S MY PERSONAL BILL FOR THIS SEMESTER|
I'm guessing the insurance company wasn't making enough money, hence the switch.
Anyways, the problem I have with this is that the OPT OUT process is extremely difficult. You need to log into www.ihaveaplan.ca and then fill out a 5-step form.
I'm fine with forms. Remember when I had to fill out Sung Hyun's immigration paperwork?
HERE'S THE PROBLEM:
In Step 3 you need to provide PROOF that you have other coverage. The Saskatchewan Health Card doesn't cut it. In the section of this form you need to identify:
1) Insurance Company Name
2) Policy / Group Number
3) Subscriber / Certificate Number (optional)
FROM A FREAKING PRIVATE COMPANY!!!!!!
|HERE THEY ARE ASKING FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION|
|SO EVEN AFTER I'VE GIVE THEM MY PERSONAL INFORMATION THEN I HAVE TO SEND IN MORE PERSONAL INFORMATION JUST TO SHOW YOU I REALLY HAVE A PLAN - HUH?|
I'm not a lawyer but this MUST be a complete breach of privacy.
Any lawyers want to pipe in? I should have the right to opt out of a plan without having to provide personal information. Not only that, I shouldn't have to have another plan if I want to opt out of this one.
THIS MUST BE ILLEGAL?
NOTE: YOU MUST OPT OUT BY OCTOBER 2, 2012 IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE REFUND!!!!
Thanks for the comments. I realize this is a legislation issue. Here is what I dealt with today:
I went to the university today and asked if I can show my husbands benefit card as proof. She said NO because the last name wasn't the same (understandable!). This morning I had a dentist appointment and had proof that I had submitted a claim to Global Benefits (my husband's provider) in the form of a claim sheet with my personal information on it (printed from the dentist office). THAT was NOT accepted by the university either because "anyone can print out those forms"
The problem I see with this personally is what if I don't want a Heath/Dental benefits package? I should have the right to opt out without providing proof, but I don't (legislation yada yada). And then when I take in my claim form printed from my dentist's office, it's not accepted as proof.
The kind receptionist at Sung Hyun's office wrote a letter detailing my coverage which I sent in as an attachment as "proof" that I have another plan. There should be NO PROBLEMS with getting this cancelled because that is 1 of the 3 possible ways to submit proof of coverage.
What a long bureaucratic process!