Employees can use premium payments for Healthcare Spending Account reimbursement
Canada Life online submission now available
All faculty and staff eligible for Group Insurance Benefits should check their Employee Self Service for their online statement outlining premium payments employees made under their health plan from October 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020.
These paid premiums can be claimed by employees under the Healthcare Spending Account (HCSA) for 100% reimbursement if employees have not exceeded their annual limit. HCSA limits are $825 per year for full-time faculty and staff and $580 for part-time faculty and staff.
Employees who make a claim for reimbursement must submit a copy of the statement along with a claim form to Canada Life/Great West Life. If either document is missing, reimbursement will be denied.
This year you can now submit these statements digitally through Canada Life’s Groupnet site, but following the below steps:
- Click on ‘Make a claim’
- You must then click on ‘Upload documents’, not ‘Begin your claim’
- Select the ‘Other health, dental and drug claims’ category from the drop down list
- Attach a completed claim form and the premium confirmation statement
- From there you just verify that you have attached the required documents and click ‘Submit’
Any unreimbursed amount from the Health Care Spending Account may be eligible to be claimed under the medical expense tax credit on an individual’s annual income tax return.
For a small group of employees, those who have been on an unpaid leave of absence from October 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020, a separate dental statement for premiums paid will be provided.
To access the online statements, go to Employee Self Service (ESS) accessible through your JUMP portal. Click on the tab ‘Staff’ or ‘Faculty’ and then the top link ‘Employee Self Service.’ Once re-directed to ESS, click on the top tab ‘My Benefits’ and then you will see the ‘Premium Confirmation Statements’ at the bottom left of the page.
The HCSA claim forms can be obtained from the Compensation and Benefits website.
Any questions can be directed to the Compensation and Benefits office, SB-GROUP-INSURANCE [at] lists [dot] umanitoba [dot] ca or (204) 474-7428.