In this new edition of the Health Challenge, the Group Insurance Trustees are offering ways to improve “life skills” which enable adults to be independent, to solve problems and to actively participate in social, community or environmental activities. Used properly, life skills can improve the overall well-being of an individual, as well as the people and communities around them.
Among the possible skills to explore, emotional intelligence stands out as we continue to face challenges with the presence of COVID-19 in our lives. Strategies to help you face them are following below.
In fact, many emotions of the past 18 months generated by the restrictions of the pandemic, are playing an important role in our thoughts, reactions, behaviors and relationships with others. More than ever, learning to control them is an essential skill. This is called emotional intelligence.
In order to achieve this, when an emotion arises, you can learn to follow these steps:
- Accept the emotion that arises
- Identify the emotion in question
- Understand where the emotion is coming from and what it brings
- Live or Drop the emotion according to the context
Calling Upon Your Emotions
It is possible to “call upon” an emotion to get through a situation by:
working out or engaging in physical activity can increase energy, build courage and help overcome stress.
listening to music to evoke a specific emotion. Certain rhythms or lyrics have an effect on our level of energy, courage, calm, awareness, mood, etc.
looking at photo albums to relive happy moments;
whistling to increase the level of well-being;
breathing out at length to relax, find balance and feel at peace;
watching motivational videos.
Finally, talking about your emotions to people around you, asking for help and getting support when needed also helps to maintain a good emotional health.
Your Group Benefits: Eligibility and Overage Dependents
You are eligible for the NBTF Group Benefits if you belong to one of the following groups:
- Members of the New Brunswick Teachers’ Association or l’Association des enseignantes et des enseignants francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick
- Associate members or registered supply teachers of the New Brunswick Teachers’ Association or l’Association des enseignantes et des enseignants francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick
- Permanent employees of the New Brunswick Teachers’ Association, l’Association des enseignantes et des enseignants francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick, the New Brunswick Teachers’ Federation, the NBTF Group Insurance Trust Fund or the NBTA Credit Union
- Retired teachers
Your dependents are eligible for coverage on the date you become eligible or on the date you first acquire a dependent, whichever is later. You must apply for coverage for yourself in order for your dependents to be eligible.
Dependents between the ages of 21 and 27 attending a post-secondary institution are eligible for coverage with proof of full-time attendance with proof of enrollment.
Proof of enrollment is due September 1st for fall enrollment and January 1st for winter enrollment. Proof of enrollment can be in the form of:
- An invoice of tuition paid confirming full-time status
- A letter from the school confirming full-time registration (any associated charges are the member’s responsibility)
- A timetable of courses confirming full-time status
You may submit this proof of enrollment to Johnson by email, by regular mail, by fax or in person. If your overage dependent discontinues enrollment in a recognized education program or graduates, you must notify Johnson Inc. immediately to terminate their coverage.
For more information, please contact Johnson at 1-888-851-5500.
Process for Submitting Claims Online
Members now have access to a new portal for claims requests that offer the following advantages:
- A faster reimbursement process.
- Immediate details on your reimbursement (for many claims).
- Informational text to help guide you through the claim submission process.
You’ll need to register for My Insurance to access the new claims portal. If you’re not yet registered please visit Johnson.ca/benefits to sign up. If you need assistance registering please visit pages.johnson.ca/myinsurance for step-by-step instructions including a helpful video.
Once you’ve registered, you can access the claims portal by logging in at Insurance.johnson.ca and selecting ‘Group benefits – Submit a Claim’ on the My Insurance dashboard. To help you become more familiar with the new claim process, we created an instructional video that demonstrates how to access the portal and how to submit a claim. You can watch the video here.
- If you require assistance registering for My Insurance or navigating the claims portal you can contact us by email at email@example.com.
- You can view your Group Benefits policy information in My Insurance by selecting ‘Group Benefits – Policy Details’. For questions regarding claim eligibility or maximums, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-442-4428.
When contacting Johnson by email, please include your name, date of birth and certificate/ID number so we can locate your policy. With the launch of My Insurance and the new claims portal, we’re experiencing a high volume of email inquiries so please allow 48-72 hours to receive a response.