Keyword: health-care spending accounts

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Digital employee health benefits platform League Inc. is now offering its employees and their spouses or common-law partners $5,000 per lifetime toward in vitro fertilization or other similar fertility treatment. According to Kim Tabac, League’s chief people officer, the startup began offering the IVF benefit in the last nine months, in response to interest from […]

Ontario dental fees to increase by 4.19% on average in 2019

Employers in Ontario could see their dental coverage spending increase this year, due to an average 4.19 per cent hike in the Ontario Dental Association’s suggested dental fees for 2019. According to the association’s president David Stevenson, this year’s average increase primarily stems from updates to infection prevention and control standards. The changes, implemented in 2017, […]

Back to basics on health-care spending accounts

In June 2017, Doctors Without Borders added lifestyle and health-care spending accounts to its traditional benefits plan. The organization still provides insurance, drug coverage of up to $100,000 and extended health benefits, including hospital and dental expenses. But now it also provides permanent, full-time employees with $2,500 for other health-care services and $250 for wellness […]

  • By: Jann Lee
  • March 15, 2019 March 6, 2021
  • 08:53
More employers offering innovative health-care spending accounts: report

While traditional health-care plans remain the most common form of employer offerings, 66 per cent of Canadian organizations are now providing health-care spending accounts, according to a new survey by the Conference Board of Canada. “As Canadian employers look to appeal to a multi-generational workforce, flexibility and choice are the key watchwords for health and wellness benefits,” said […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 13, 2019 September 13, 2019
  • 08:45
B.C. nurses’ massage benefits costs up $28M since 2008

While a new collective agreement negotiated between the British Columbia Nurses’ Union and the Health Employers Association of B.C. won’t bring significant changes, the round of negotiations did raise an issue with paramedical benefits, specifically the amount spent on massages. Currently, nurses in the province have unlimited dollars to spend on massages, which are 100 per cent paid […]

  • By: Jann Lee
  • January 23, 2019 September 13, 2019
  • 09:00
Employer, private payer considerations around medical cannabis coverage

As plan sponsors and private payers begin integrating medical cannabis coverage into benefits plans, it’s crucial they account for the dynamic nature of the industry and remain adaptable to anticipated changes around distribution and product innovation. Although medical cannabis isn’t new, current offerings are just a first step, said Matt Gaudry, director of product support and management at […]

Green Shield Canada focuses on drugs, mental health in new benefits product

Green Shield Canada is launching a new benefits product, which will focus on drug coverage and mental-health support and eliminate coverage for massage therapy. The new plan, called SMARTspend, will include a managed drug formulary with 100 per cent coverage and no dollar caps, digital mental-health support options, health coaching from pharmacists and dietitians and vision […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 5, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 08:59
A look at the benefits of hybrid health plans

While the move to more defined contribution-style health benefits plans provides greater clarity and flexibility to plan sponsors, it would be natural to wonder whether or not the available options are limited to the two extremes alone. The continuum of benefits plan design includes fully insured plans, fully self-insured (administration services-only or ASO) plans and hybrid […]

  • September 4, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 08:30
Telemedicine, pharmacogenetics among services in Medcan’s new health program

Toronto-based health company Medcan is introducing a health benefits program that includes telemedicine, pharmacogenetics and online health modules. More than 100 plan sponsors are currently using the program, which will continue to be rolled out to employers throughout 2018, according to the company’s president, Ashim Khemani. He notes it’s open to all employees, even though Medcan […]

MedReleaf introduces identification numbers for medical pot products

Canadian cannabis producer MedReleaf Corp. has introduced a product identification number for 57 of its medical marijuana products in an effort to facilitate coverage in employer-sponsored benefits plans. Product identification numbers are similar to traditional drug identification numbers, according to a press release. They’re designed to make it easier for employers and other private payers […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 16, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 10:20