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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 one-on-one support to Canada Life plan members on disability to help them better achieve intended health outcomes, minimize side effects and return to work faster, according to a press release. Read: Canada Life […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 22, 2021 March 22, 2021
  • 09:00
Plan sponsors, pension plans taking lessons from 2020 to decade ahead

Following an unprecedented 2020, Canada’s plan sponsors and pension plans are incorporating the lessons of the last year as they prepare for a new decade, according to a recent webinar hosted by Mercer Canada. The coming years will be marked by developments including increased geopolitical tensions and the lingering economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, […]

Eligibility affecting caseloads in provincial disability benefits programs: report

Data collected over the last decade suggests that differing eligibility requirements for provincial disability benefits programs affected caseloads in the provinces that offer them, according to a new report by the University of Calgary. It found that as incidences of disability were similar in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan, variations in caseloads per 1,000 […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 28, 2021 April 14, 2021
  • 09:00

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 matters when assessing the value of a medication, explained Dr Nina Lathia, pharmacist, and health economist, at Benefits Canada’s Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum on Dec. 9, 2020. […]

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 cent in 2019 and require effective management to ensure sustainability of health benefits plans, said Suzanne Lepage, private health plan strategist, during a session at Benefits Canada’s Face to Face […]

How three benefits plan members are receiving medical cannabis coverage

While medical cannabis coverage is appearing in more benefits plans, most insurers that cover it still have very specific conditions. Sun Life Canada covers the most conditions, at seven, after adding two ailments to its roster in 2019. Marie-Chantal Côté, the insurer’s vice-president of market development for group benefits, says evidence is emerging that shows […]

Canadians who’ve experienced mental-health challenges, or have taken time off for disabilities, are more likely to view a mental-health illness as a disability, according to a new survey by RBC Insurance. Half (51 per cent) of Canadians said they see mental-health issues, such as depression or anxiety, as a disability. That number rose to 59 per cent among those familiar […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 24, 2020 November 17, 2020
  • 09:30
Hyundai Canada addresses coronavirus with mental-health, connectivity initiatives

The coronavirus pandemic has altered the landscape of Canadian workplaces. Now, more than ever, communication and compassion are imperative for employees to feel secure and supported by their employers. Before the pandemic arrived in Canada, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. accelerated its emphasis on mental wellness in January 2020 by tripling its mental-health coverage (from an […]

Supporting disabled employees needs a blend of formal benefits, flex policies

As the coronavirus pandemic spread across the world, employee health came into sharp relief. Employers took action to provide creative solutions to ensure staff remained healthy, with the quick implementation of virtual programs to allow plan members easy access to health-care professionals through online channels. That same solutions-based attitude of adaptability is useful when considering […]

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, more than half of Canadian employers (53 per cent) are enhancing their well-being programs, while 27 per cent are planning to make changes to improve health benefits, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson. The survey, which polled nearly 150 Canadian employers with more than 800,000 employees, […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 11, 2020 November 17, 2020
  • 08:45