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Tracking impact of coronavirus pandemic on cancer patients, benefits plans

Employers have taken on a larger role in employees’ cancer care in the past few years, but the coronavirus pandemic changed the game even further,…

What plan sponsors need to know about employees with atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis affects all areas of patients’ lives, including their work and productivity, said Lyn Guenther, professor of dermatology at Western University, during Benefits Canada’s…

Applying chronic disease principles to supporting plan members with obesity

Benefits plans tend to cover care for common chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and chronic obstructive lung disease. But the one they often don’t…

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The business case for addressing chronic health issues

Public companies that invest in their people have three times’ the return on their stock price of those that don’t, making a clear case for…

Using nutrition, health coaching to help plan members with diabetes

When People Corp. started looking into reducing its claims numbers related to chronic disease, it decided to tackle what Judith Plotkin, vice-president of health and…

Empire Life offering opioid management solution to plan members

The Empire Life Insurance Co. is adding opioid management solution to its pay-direct drug benefit plans. Alongside the coronavirus pandemic, another public-health issue has worsened…

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  • April 8, 2021 April 8, 2021
  • 09:00

Staples Canada offering paid leave to employees to get coronavirus vaccination

Staples Canada Inc. is the latest Canadian employer to provide employees with paid leave to receive a coronavirus vaccination. The company will provide up to…

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  • April 7, 2021 April 7, 2021
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Webinar coverage: Switching to biosimilars can generate savings, say early adopters

With Canadian biologic drug sales growing at a rate of 13 per cent annually over the last 10 years, plan sponsors are looking for ways…

Private drug plan spending rose 5.4% in 2020: report

Private drug plan spending increased 5.4 per cent, according to Express Scripts Canada’s annual drug trends report. While up to a one per cent increase…

  • By: Staff
  • April 5, 2021 April 5, 2021
  • 08:42

High-cost drugs remain primary cost driver for Canadian public, private drug plans: PMPRB

High-cost drugs remain the primary cost driver for Canadian public and private drug plans, said the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board’s newly released 2019 annual…

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  • April 1, 2021 April 25, 2021
  • 09:00

Dialogue going public amid strong appetite for virtual health-care offerings

When Dialogue Health Technologies Inc. made its Toronto Stock Exchange debut this week, there was no traditional market opening with staff packing a room cheering and…

Focusing on vision care benefits in year two of the pandemic

It’s easy for employers to focus less on table-stakes benefits offerings like vision care when there’s the the coronavirus pandemic to contend with. But, experts…

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Amazon vote could ‘light a fuse’ for more union pushes

Organizers in Bessemer, Ala., are pushing for some 6,000 Inc. warehouse employees to unionize on the promise it will lead to better working conditions,…

Manulife rewarding health, wellness program members who get coronavirus vaccine via points

Manulife is rewarding its group benefit and individual insurance members of its Vitality health and wellness program who receive the coronavirus vaccine with points. The…

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  • March 25, 2021 March 25, 2021
  • 09:00
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Canada Life offering medication assistance to plan members on disability leave

Canada Life Assurance Co. is partnering with HumanisRx to provide medication reviews for plan members on disability leave. Through the MedCheckUp program, HumanisRx pharmacists provide…

  • By: Staff
  • March 22, 2021 March 22, 2021
  • 09:00

Amazon launching health-care services app for U.S. employers Inc. is making its first foray into providing health-care services, announcing Wednesday it’ll expand its internal telemedicine program to all U.S. employers who want…

Head to head: Should employers allow staff to carry over their annual paramedical coverage?

With many employees pausing paramedical care during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, two benefits experts weigh in on letting workers carry coverage over to 2021. Kevin…

2021 Drug Plan Trends Report: Diving deep into pros and cons of drug pooling

Specialty drugs can significantly improve (or even save) an employee’s life, but can come at a high cost. Over the past few decades, many employers…

How are employers supporting the big shift to remote work?

For years, many employees had ad hoc, work-from-home arrangements with their employers. Then came the coronavirus pandemic, which kicked the shift to remote working into…

Q&A with Coca-Cola Canada’s Martha Callum

Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Ltd.’s senior director of total rewards, talks about the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, diversity and inclusion initiatives and perfecting her baguette…

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Plan sponsors focusing on well-being, virtual health care in year two of pandemic: survey

Canadian employers are increasing their focus on employee well-being as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey from Aon. It found…

  • March 15, 2021 March 15, 2021
  • 15:00

Green Shield Canada acquiring virtual mental-health platform, Inkblot Technologies

Green Shield Canada is acquiring Inkblot Technologies, a virtual mental-health platform that uses artificial intelligence-assisted technology, network effects and advanced analytics to match patients with…

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  • March 11, 2021 March 11, 2021
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Munich Re acquiring benefits provider GroupHEALTH

Germany-based Munich Re is acquiring Canada’s Group Health Group Holdings Inc. Munich Re New Ventures Inc., which previously held a 40 per cent stake in…

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  • March 8, 2021 March 16, 2021
  • 09:00

Monetary performance bonuses top perk for employees: poll

Almost half (46 per cent) of Canadian employees said monetary performance bonuses make them feel most appreciated by an employer, according to a poll done…

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  • March 5, 2021 April 25, 2021
  • 09:00

Sleep Country Canada’s employee experience app taking centre stage amid pandemic

With a diverse and geographically spread-out employee population of office workers, retail store associates and delivery drivers, Sleep Country Canada’s human resources team knew it…