Cancelling Members' Benefits

Group enrolment is cancelled on the last day of the month; however, if a member leaves before becoming eligible, his/her group coverage can be cancelled as of the effective date. Medical Services Plan (MSP) requires the reason for cancellation, the person’s current address and, if the person has moved outside British Columbia (B.C.), the date of the move.

To request a cancellation, submit a Coverage Cancellation form (HLTH 217) (PDF, 137KB) to Health Insurance BC (HIBC), or submit a written request including your group number, employee account number(s) and name(s), and all the information required on the form.

Two Month Rule Limit

Retroactive cancellations are allowed up to a maximum of two months including the current month. For example, if a cancellation request is received during December, groups can ask for cancellation retroactive to October 31.

Duplicate Coverage

If advised that duplicate MSP coverage has occurred, HIBC can cancel retroactive to the date the duplication began to a maximum of five years.

Members Transferring Between Groups/Departments

Administrators who have more than one group account and who transfer members from one account to another can do so without completing applications for enrolment. Please contact HIBC for details.

When Group Enrolment Ends

Group administrators are asked to ensure that members are:

  • aware of the date their group account will be cancelled; and,
  • provided with an End of Group Plan Coverage Notice

The member does not need to reapply to MSP. We will automatically set up a self-administered account for him/her and any dependents.

Exception: If the member has a temporary immigration document, the member must contact HIBC to arrange further coverage.

Coverage for Dependents of a Deceased Beneficiary

When a group member dies, the surviving spouse and children will be placed automatically on a new self-administered account. If it is preferable they remain as group members, they can apply through the group to be enrolled under a new group account.