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Plan member’s adoption dream becoming reality thanks to benefits offering

Plan member’s adoption dream becoming reality thanks to benefits offering

Mandy Kwasnica and her husband so desperately wanted to adopt they were ready to sink all of their money (and then some) into making their dream…

Conference Coverage: 2020 Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum

Conference Coverage: 2020 Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum

On Dec. 9, the 2020 Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum featured sessions on prior authorization, Canadian drug policy issues and impacts, plan design…

Biosimilars, pharmacogenetics helping to shape the future of pharmacy benefits management

Biosimilars, pharmacogenetics helping to shape the future of pharmacy benefits management

Plan sponsors with growing concerns about benefits plan sustainability should focus on a few strategic pharmacy benefits plan issues, said Mark Rolnick, executive vice-president of…

Employers should rethink approach to helping employees with obesity

Employers should rethink approach to helping employees with obesity

Employers that don’t cover obesity drugs should ask themselves why, said Noel McKay, principal consultant at Cowan Insurance Group, during Benefits Canada’s Face to Face…

Drug pricing reforms may impact Canadians’ access to medications

Drug pricing reforms may impact Canadians’ access to medications

Despite concerns Canadian drug prices are skyrocketing, the Patented Medicines Price Review Board, Canada’s price regulator, has ensured costs for patented drugs haven’t increased more…

Pharmacoeconomic analyses a tool in private-payer decision-making process

Pharmacoeconomic analyses a tool in private-payer decision-making process

A recent Telus Health comparison of a drug’s cost effectiveness when calculated from the private versus the public-payer perspective demonstrated clearly that the private-payer perspective…

Specialty drug prior authorization a useful tool for plan sponsors

Specialty drug prior authorization a useful tool for plan sponsors

Analysis by Telus Health found specialty drugs have grown from 11 per cent of total private drug plan claims costs in 2008 to 30 per…

Citigroup stretching into virtual fitness programming amid pandemic

This time of year, Citigroup Inc.’s fitness centre would likely usually be packed with New Year’s resolutioners working out and catching up with colleagues.  Not…

Coronavirus crisis accelerating virtual health care, focus on mental health

Coronavirus crisis accelerating virtual health care, focus on mental health

The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating several health care trends in 2021, including the growth of virtual care and a focus on mental and emotional well-being,…

  • By: Staff
  • January 13, 2021 January 13, 2021
  • 15:00
Pandemic accelerating virtual heath care, focus on mental health

Pandemic accelerating virtual health care, focus on mental health

The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating several health care trends in 2021, including the growth of virtual care and a focus on mental and emotional well-being,…

  • By: Staff
  • January 13, 2021 February 2, 2021
  • 15:00
Some Uber, Lyft drivers suing over California’s Proposition 22

Some Uber, Lyft drivers suing over California’s Proposition 22

Drivers for app-based, ride-hailing and delivery services filed a lawsuit on January 12 to overturn a California ballot initiative that makes them independent contractors instead…

Benefits Alliance Group appointing Mike Macoun new president

Benefits Alliance Group appointing Mike Macoun new president

Mike Macoun joined the Benefits Alliance Group as the organization’s new president earlier this month. He brings nearly seven years of experience in the employee…

  • By: Staff
  • January 12, 2021 February 16, 2021
  • 09:00
Health Canada delaying drug pricing reforms until July

Health Canada delaying drug pricing reforms until July

Health Canada says it’s delaying the implementation of long-awaited changes to Canada’s drug-pricing regime by another six months. A spokesman for the department, says the amendments…

Sun Life piloting virtual mental-health coach

Sun Life piloting virtual mental-health coach

Sun Life Canada is launching a new virtual mental-health coach for plan members that taps into the power of predictive analytics. The virtual coach will launch in the first…

How plan sponsors can contain rising drug costs in 2021

How plan sponsors can contain rising drug costs in 2021

With drug costs for plan sponsors steadily rising in recent years, keeping budgets down is top of mind as they plan for 2021. “The biggest concern…

  • By: Staff
  • December 18, 2020 December 18, 2020
  • 09:03
Editorial: Looking back — and ahead — in an unprecedented year

Editorial: Looking back — and ahead — in an unprecedented year

As we approach the end of a truly challenging year with more uncertainty on the horizon for 2021, people all over the globe are adjusting…

How Accenture is supporting working parents amid the coronavirus crisis

How Accenture is supporting working parents amid the coronavirus crisis

While professional services company Accenture has long been supportive of its working parents, it introduced a new backup childcare program in 2020 to help employees…

2020 CAP Suppliers Report: Stretching into the financial wellness space

2020 CAP Suppliers Report: Stretching into the financial wellness space

In the old days, employers would often gather employees in a dusty conference room and pass around a box of Timbits while talking at a…

  • December 18, 2020 January 30, 2021
  • 08:56
A legislative update on provincial biosimilar policies

A legislative update on provincial biosimilar policies

When the City of Toronto switched benefits plan insurers in 2017, it changed its coverage for biologics and biosimilars. Under its previous plan, the City…

Why you should hire a chief positivity officer

Why you should hire a chief positivity officer

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Town of Newmarket is prioritizing the well-being of its staff and its community by creating a new…

Q & A with Aramark Canada’s Eva Tentere de Metz

Q & A with Aramark Canada’s Eva Tentere de Metz

Aramark Canada Ltd.’s director of total rewards talks balancing total rewards priorities, employee assistance programs and children’s psychological development. Q. What top challenges do you…

Ontario needs a permanent virtual health-care strategy: report

Ontario needs a permanent virtual health-care strategy: report

With virtual health-care visits increasing as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, telemedicine should become a permanent part of Ontario’s health-care system, according to…

  • By: Staff
  • December 16, 2020 December 16, 2020
  • 09:00
Goldman Sachs acquiring People Corporation for $1.13B

Goldman Sachs acquiring People Corporation for $1.13B

Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s merchant banking division is acquiring Manitoba-headquartered People Corporation Inc., for an estimated total equity value of $1.13 billion. “This transaction delivers…

  • By: Staff
  • December 15, 2020 December 15, 2020
  • 15:00
Plan members using EAP, virtual care to support mental health during pandemic

Plan members using EAP, virtual care to support mental health during pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has significantly increased plan members’ willingness to seek help for their mental-health concerns and to access video or telephone counselling, said Julie…

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People Corporation adding Aon alums Siddall, Bell

People Corporation Inc. is appointing two Aon alums to its team, effective July 31. Kim Siddall is vice-president of enterprise consulting for the West and Kevin Bell is…

  • December 10, 2020 January 21, 2021
  • 18:55