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Canadians received a record $103 billion in benefits from life and health insurers last year, up 60 per cent from a decade earlier, according to the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association’s annual fact book. The benefits include $53.3 billion in pension annuity payments, $38.1 billion in health benefits for prescription drugs and supplementary health […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 16, 2020 November 30, 2020
  • 09:00
Rare disease drugs strategy, standard coverage in CLHIA’s 2020 budget wish list

The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association is recommending the federal government develop a strategy for high-cost drugs for rare diseases, potentially by harmonizing catastrophic drug coverage across the country. In its August federal budget submission to the standing committee on finance, the association noted specialty drugs, including those for chronic and rare disease, made up just two […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 12, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:00
CLHIA names Jean-François Chalifoux new board chair

The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association is appointing Jean-François Chalifoux, chief executive officer of SSQ Life Insurance Co. Inc., as the new chair of its board of directors. Chalifoux took on the top job at SSQ in 2015. Previously, he held several executive roles at Canadian insurance companies, including most recently at Desjardins Insurance, where he first headed […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 11, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:00
Industry responds to expert panel’s pharmacare report

Industry groups had mixed feelings about an expert panel’s report calling for a single-payer pharmacare plan. Released on Wednesday by Eric Hoskins, former Ontario health minister, the report recommended Canada and the provinces work together to create a unified program that addresses the country’s patchwork of prescription drug plans. Provinces and territories, the panel said, […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 14, 2019 November 12, 2020
  • 09:25
CLHIA withdraws compensation disclosure guideline

The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association is withdrawing guideline G19 on advisor compensation for group benefits and retirement services. “Following extensive discussions with market players, including advisors and their associations, and careful consideration of what we heard, we have decided to withdraw this industry guideline,” said Stephen Frank, CLHIA’s president and chief executive officer, in […]

Proposed OHIP change for travel benefits could raise costs for plan sponsors: CLHIA

In response to proposed amendments to a regulation under Ontario’s Health Insurance Act, the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association is suggesting employers providing group travel insurance may start paying more for these products. The proposed change, set for Oct. 1, 2019, will result in no provincial coverage for medical emergencies that occur out of the country. In […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 3, 2019 September 13, 2019
  • 15:30
Sounding Board: Industry still neutral on CLHIA’s proposed G19 regime

The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association is to be commended on its proactivity in proposing a new guideline for compensation disclosure in group benefits and group retirement services. But while transparency is a key driver of client satisfaction, in other countries — like Australia and the U.K. — it has taken regulators to force the hand […]

Top 10 health and benefits stories of 2018

Trends, benefits fraud and drug coverage led the top health and benefits stories in 2018.  Benefits Canada rounds up the industry’s favourite health and benefits stories of the year: 1. Seven benefits trends to watch in 2018 2. Ontario unveils new drug, dental coverage for people without workplace benefits 3. TTC fraud update: More than 220 employees fired or have resigned, retired […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 27, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 09:00
CLHIA’s CEO lays out some of the big industry topics for 2019

As 2018 draws to a close, and the benefits and pension industry looks ahead, what’s next for the year’s biggest topics? Stephen Frank, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, is expecting a shift from Canadian and global regulators in the way they govern how customers are treated: an […]

  • By: Ryan Murphy
  • December 21, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 08:56
Latest G19 updates still allow for conflict of interest

While advisors are supportive of greater transparency in group benefits and retirement services, some say the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association’s proposed amendments to its compensation disclosure guideline last week still presents a conflict of interest. The suggested changes to G19 included requiring the disclosure of both the percentage and dollar value of direct compensation […]

  • By: Ryan Murphy
  • November 26, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 09:30