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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 argue, as Canada and the world enters the second year of this crisis now is the perfect time for employers to take a second look at their vision care benefits […]

The coronavirus pandemic led to a sharp decrease in people visiting health professionals and filing claims, resulting in an estimated savings of $4.8 billion for Canadian private insurers between March 15 and June 15, according to a new report by insurance comparison platform Hellosafe.ca. The report, which used historic data sourced from the Canadian Life and Health […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 30, 2020 November 16, 2020
  • 15:30

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

For many Canadians, quality vision is an ability taken for granted until we experience impairment. Whether it’s a prescription change, eye strain from our increasingly screen-centric work environments or a disease that gradually damages sight, the ability to access vision care when it’s required considerably enables our ability to perform on a daily basis. Vision loss and vision […]

Most (79 per cent) plan sponsors said they have at least one major concern about their health benefits plan, with this increasing to 89 per cent for employers with 500 or more workers, according to the 2020 Sanofi Canada health-care survey. The top concerns include drug plan sustainability (42 per cent), dental plan sustainability (39 […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 6, 2020 November 23, 2020
  • 09:00

Plan sponsors have seen significant decreases in their extended health and dental claims over the past three months, according to new data by Eckler Ltd. While the consultancy’s analysis of its large self-insured clients found plan sponsors saw an up to five per cent increase in extended health claims between February and March 2020, these […]

Competitive total rewards programs are a critical component of Canadian organizations’ human resources and corporate strategy, according to a new survey by WorldatWork. The survey, which polled 150 Canadian employers in February, found 96 per cent offer drug, dental, life insurance/accidental death and dismemberment, long-term disability and employee assistance programs. Additionally, 93 per cent of […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 20, 2020 November 24, 2020
  • 15:15
Coronavirus could reduce employer health-care costs, finds analysis

The coronavirus pandemic could reduce employer health-care costs by as much as four per cent in 2020 as medical care for non-infected patients has declined, according to a new analysis by Willis Towers Watson. The analysis of large, self-funded U.S.-based employers is an update to a similar study conducted in March that projected employer costs […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 4, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 08:45
5 benefits predictions for the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic

In the midst of the most significant socio-economic and health crisis since WWII — and maybe even longer — virtually every aspect of modern society has been affected in some way, and employee benefits programs are no exception. Before the coronavirus pandemic was in full swing in Canada, employers were focused on ensuring employees diagnosed with the […]

  • April 28, 2020 November 11, 2020
  • 08:30
More Canadian insurers reducing benefits plan premiums

Alberta Blue Cross, Green Shield Canada, iA Financial Group and Medavie Blue Cross are the latest insurers to reduce benefits plan premiums during the coronavirus pandemic. For Alberta Blue Cross’ group plans, the changes include a 50 per cent reduction to dental benefits premiums, a 25 per cent reduction to vision care premiums and a 25 per cent […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 23, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 09:45