Many University of Guelph-Humber students will graduate having paid student fees for four years but unaware of the health and dental insurance coverage they were eligible for.

Guelph-Humber students are entitled to health and dental insurance throughout their school years. Each student is automatically enrolled  into a balanced plan and has the ability to upgrade to an enhanced plan if they choose to do so, said Maja Jocson, president of Humber College’s and Guelph-Humber’s student society, IGNITE. The enhanced plan allows students to increase the amount of coverage they have. You can visit WeSpeakStudent.com to create an eProfile for more plan details.

The balanced plan provides students with both drug and dental coverage. This includes 80 per cent co-insurance max, which is a total of $2,000, 75 per cent for extractions & oral surgery, 100 per cent in basic & preventative which would cover things such as teeth cleanings and cavities.

The deadline to enroll in an enhanced drug or dental plan for the fall semester was Oct. 27, 2017; however, students will have the opportunity in the upcoming winter semester to upgrade, and the deadline for that is Feb. 23, 2018.

IGNITE recently hosted its Health and Dental 101 event which provided students with the opportunity to learn about what  insurance coverage they are eligible for as students.

“This event is a great way to educate our students about our insurance”, said Maja Jocson, president of  IGNITE. As many people are unaware of the coverage they have as students, this event gave them the opportunity to learn more about it.

Humber dental clinic office manager Jennifer Horn was stationed at the event, providing students with information on everything related to the dentistry department. Horn said it is important for students to know about the coverage they have access to because a lot of people don’t find out about it until they graduate.

First-year psychology student Savanna said she was aware of the insurance but didn’t know the extent of her coverage and has not yet used any of her benefits.

IGNITE president Maja said,  “We use multiple platforms to inform students about our services and events, and may be holding a similar event in January.”

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