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Health Coverage

April 23, 2018

As part of Red River College’s Flex Benefits Program, employees have coverage for a variety of Health Benefits depending on the Flex Option you are enrolled in. The Flex Options provide varying degrees of coverage for Drugs, Health, Dental, Vision and Health Care Spending Account. We would like to take this opportunity to highlight some benefits you may have coverage for under the Flexible Benefits Program.

Paramedical Coverage

Paramedical coverage is available for employees in Flex Options 2, 4, and 5 under the Flexible Benefits Program. Your coverage is based on your Flex Option choice.

The term Paramedical is used to describe medical professionals including:

  • Audiologist
  • Athletic Therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Dietician
  • Massage Therapist
  • Naturopath
  • Osteopath
  • Podiatrist/Chiropodist
  • Psychologist/Social Worker
  • Speech Therapist

In order for your paramedical expense to be eligible, your paramedical practitioner must be licensed by the appropriate provincial or federal organization.

Vision

Vision coverage is available for employees in Flex Options 1, 2, 4 and 5 under the Flexible Benefits Program. Your coverage is based on your Flex Option choice.

The following Vision expenses are eligible to the maximum dollar amount and frequency applicable to your Flex Option:

  • Eye Examinations
  • Glasses
  • Contact Lenses
  • Laser Eye Surgery

In order for your vision expense to be eligible, services must be performed by the appropriate licensed professional.

Reimbursement of Health Care expenses is subject to maximum amounts applicable to each benefit and considers reasonable and customary charges.

Please refer to your benefits booklet to see the maximum and coinsurance applicable to each paramedical practitioner for your Flex Option.

The above is a summary of the provisions of the group plan. In the event of a discrepancy between this benefit and the master contract, the terms of the group contract will apply. Read More →

Great-West Life Online

February 27, 2018

Have you taken advantage of all of the online resources Great-West Life has to offer? Registering online for GroupNet for Plan Members is easy, and gives you access to a wealth of user-friendly services!

What is GroupNet?

GroupNet for Plan Members gives you access to your group benefits information conveniently on your computer or mobile device. Once you are registered you will be able to:

  • Submit many of your claims online
  • Sign up for direct deposit of claim payments
  • View your claim status, explanation of benefits (EOB) and claim history
  • View your card information, including member ID, Drug, and Travel Assistance
  • Locate your nearest eClaims provider
  • Search drugs by name or drug identification number (DIN) to find out if they’re covered and at what percentage

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Health Care Spending Account & Claim Submission Requirements

January 18, 2018

Upcoming Submission Deadline!

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that if you have claims from the 2017 benefit year that you have not yet claimed against your HCSA balance, there is a 90 day claims run-off period to submit these claims.

When is the deadline?

2017 claims must be received by Great-West Life prior to March 31st, 2018 to be claimed against your 2017 HCSA dollars. Any unused 2017 benefit dollars remaining after this period will be forfeited.

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Orthopedic Shoe Coverage

January 2, 2018

As part of Red River College’s Flex Benefits Program, Employees in Flex Options 2, 4 or 5 may have coverage for a variety of medical services and supplies, including orthopedic shoes. Your coverage is based on your Flex Option choice.

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Are you planning a winter vacation?

January 2, 2018

Are you planning a winter vacation?

Be sure you know and understand your Out-of-Country Emergency Travel Health Coverage.

What is my out-of-country medical emergency coverage?

Eligible Red River College employees and their eligible dependents have 100% Emergency Travel Health Coverage. Provincial healthcare plan coverage must also be in place for this to apply.

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Paramedical

October 24, 2017

Paramedical

As part of Red River College’s Flex Benefits Program, Employees in Flex Options 2, 4 or 5 may have coverage for a variety of Paramedical Practitioners. Your coverage is based on your Flex Option choice.

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Dental Coverage

September 19, 2017

As part of Red River College’s group benefits, Employees in Flex Options 1, 2, 4 or 5 may have coverage for a variety of dental benefits. Your coverage is based on your Flex Option choice.

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Do You Have Dependent Children?

August 16, 2017

Don’t forget to reconfirm Student Status!

To ensure your dependent children, age 22 to 25, continue to receive uninterrupted Health and Dental coverage for the duration of their formal education, be sure to update their student status with Great-West Life each year.

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High Blood Pressure

July 21, 2017

High Blood Pressure

23% of Canadian adults are affected by high blood pressure according to the 2016 Express Scripts Drug Trend Report[1]. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is when the force of blood against your blood vessels is too high while circulating throughout your body.[2] Though high blood pressure is somewhat common, not everyone knows if they have hypertension. It is important to monitor your blood pressure on a regular basis and consult your health care provider with any concerns. High blood pressure can lead to various health risks if not monitored and well controlled. Possible serious health risks include:[3]

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Prescription Drugs

June 21, 2017

Prescription Drugs

The group benefits plan provides coverage for Drugs that require a prescription and are eligible under the provincial formulary. The Manitoba Formulary is constantly changing, with Pharmacare adding and removing drugs frequently. You are encouraged to discuss with your doctor and/or pharmacist to determine whether your medication is considered formulary or non-formulary and to make sure it is the right choice for you.

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