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How preferred pharmacy networks can lower drug plan costs, boost access to care

Pharmacists are now uniquely positioned to support Canadians at a time when the public health-care system is stretched thin, creating significant barriers for people looking…

A closer look at growing asthma drug spend

Many Canadians living with asthma are experiencing poor control over their symptoms, impacting the workplace, said Anjila Arora, director of pharmaceutical benefits at Sun Life…

How plan sponsors can improve employee health outcomes while optimizing drug plan spend

With chronic conditions growing in prevalence among plan members, plan sponsors have their work cut out for them in designing benefits plans that provide adequate…

Examining the link between cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity

While medications for three interconnected chronic conditions — cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity — represent a growing proportion of employers’ drug spend, there’s plenty that…

How plan sponsors can use biosimilars to support employee health, reduce drug costs

Despite the safety and efficacy of biosimilars — and the potential cost savings they offer — uptake among private payers has been low historically and is only starting to…

Plan sponsors, private payers can work together to help employees with rare diseases access novel treatments

It’s important for private payers and employers to be nimble and innovative to support plan members seeking access to novel drugs and treatments by addressing…


Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on how the federal government should ensure its new Canadian Dental Care Plan doesn’t displace existing employer-sponsored dental coverage was the most-read story…

  • By: Staff
  • January 19, 2024 January 18, 2024
  • 09:00

Tax credit could ensure national dental-care plan doesn’t displace employer-sponsored coverage: expert

With the new Canadian Dental Care Plan rolling out, it’s critical that it doesn’t displace existing employer-sponsored dental coverage, says Stephen Frank, president and chief…

51% of U.S. workers want employers to cover health-care premiums as financial benefit: survey

More than half (51 per cent) of U.S. workers say they’d like to see fully paid health-care premiums as a financial benefit from their company,…

  • By: Staff
  • January 15, 2024 January 12, 2024
  • 09:00

Employers can improve benefits communication, highlight mental-health support for ‘Blue Monday’

Employers can use the time surrounding ‘Blue Monday’ to ensure they’re communicating properly with employees and highlighting mental-health supports, says Gianna Ricciardi, vice-president and practice…

Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

A story on mental-health themes and challenges for 2024 was the most-read story on this week. Here are the top five human resources, benefits, pension…

  • By: Staff
  • January 12, 2024 January 11, 2024
  • 09:00
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55% of Canadians were covered under employer-sponsored drug plans in 2019: report

More than half (55 per cent) of Canadians were covered under employer-sponsored drug plans in 2019, while roughly a third were covered under government-sponsored plans (21…

  • By: Staff
  • January 12, 2024 January 11, 2024
  • 09:00

Highest-cost drugs reimbursed by Canadian public plans in 2021/22 were rare disease treatments: report

The 10 highest-cost drugs reimbursed by public drug plans in Canada in the 2021/22 fiscal year were all rare disease treatments with annual treatment costs…

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Expert panel: Employers taking preventative, holistic approach to employee mental health in 2024

Workplace wellness and employee mental health are popular topics of discussion and top priorities for organizations across Canada — and that conversation will continue in…

N.S. providing CAAT DBplus pension plan, comprehensive benefits plan to ECEs, support staff

The government of Nova Scotia is introducing a new benefits and pension package for roughly 3,000 early childhood educators and support staff. All employees will…

  • By: Staff
  • January 5, 2024 January 4, 2024
  • 09:00

28% of global employees planning to leave their employer within the next year: survey

More than a quarter (28 per cent) of employees say they’re planning to leave their current employer within a year, according to a new survey…

  • By: Staff
  • January 4, 2024 January 3, 2024
  • 09:00

My Take: Obesity should be treated like other chronic conditions under benefits plans

As someone who has become increasingly overweight in the last few years, every time I read or write about obesity being referred to as a…

Sounding Board: Employee feedback, research key to developing and enhancing benefits programs

Any employer focused on attracting and retaining great people understands the importance of providing a competitive benefits program that supports employees through all stages of…


Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

A story about why employers might want to reconsider urging employees to use up their benefits was the most-read story on this week. Here…

  • By: Staff
  • December 22, 2023 December 21, 2023
  • 09:00

Hub acquiring benefits, HR consultancies in Alberta, Quebec

Hub International Ltd. is acquiring Montreal-based CGC Consultants Inc. CGC is an advisory firm that specializes in human resources strategy, recruitment, pay equity, global compensation,…

  • By: Staff
  • December 20, 2023 December 20, 2023
  • 15:00

Top 10 benefits stories of 2023

A story on how plan sponsors and insurers are considering covering weight-loss drugs as part of a broader push towards more inclusive benefits was the…

  • By: Staff
  • December 19, 2023 December 18, 2023
  • 09:00

Expert warns against urging employees to use up benefits by end of year

With the end of the year approaching, some employers and health practitioners may feel the need to tell employees to use up their benefits, but…

  • By: Sadie Janes
  • December 19, 2023 December 19, 2023
  • 09:00

Webinar coverage: Obesity a complex, misunderstood medical condition

Obesity has long been misunderstood and stigmatized as a lifestyle condition instead of a complex disease, said Rami Halabi, a medical science liaison with Novo…

Q&A with Metrolinx’s Lisa Ritchie

The organization’s vice-president of talent acquisition and total rewards discusses promoting careers to equity-deserving communities, a new menopause policy and the stability of joining a…