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Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budget Highlights for 2015

Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budget Highlights for 2015

A summary of Federal, Provincial and Territorial budget highlights for 2015 to provide an idea of current and future directions related to legislation that may impact employee benefits and/or group insurance plans.

Pharmacists’ Scope is Expanded in Quebec

Pharmacists’ Scope is Expanded in Quebec

An update to Quebec’s legislation, Bill 28, that expands pharmacist powers in the Province.

What Happens To Group Benefits Coverage When the Employment Contract is Terminated?

What Happens To Group Benefits Coverage When the Employment Contract is Terminated?

What happens to group benefits when the employment contract is terminated – statutory notice period and common law notice period as well as underwriting exceptions and extensions available.

Manulife’s Dynamic Therapeutic Formulary Newsletter

Manulife’s Dynamic Therapeutic Formulary Newsletter

Manulife’s Dynamic Therapeutic Formulary newsletter provides periodic updates regarding the review of prescriptions included in the formulary by Express Scripts Canada, Manulife’s pharmacy benefits manager. Drugs covered on the Dynamic Therapeutic Formulary may periodically change to ensure the most effective and affordable drugs used to treat most medical conditions are included.

Morneau Shepell Launches the Total Health Index

Morneau Shepell Launches the Total Health Index

Morneau Shepell launches the Total Health Index, a suite of tools, services and insights for employees and employers providing insights on engagement, health and productivity.

Manulife Launches DrugWatch

Manulife Launches DrugWatch

Manulife DrugWatch is launched to provide a rigorous review of high-cost drugs coming to market in Canada to ensure that plan sponsors are getting the best value for the dollars spent on their prescription drug programs. The new drug evaluation program will determine whether new, more expensive drugs produce sufficient additional health outcomes to justify the higher cost.

Medavie Blue Cross – Cost Plus or Health Care Spending Account?

Medavie Blue Cross – Cost Plus or Health Care Spending Account?

Group Benefits program with Medavie Blue Cross and considering Cost Plus or Health Care Spending Account? Check out this article for more information on what may work best for your particular situation.

Changes to Drug Reimbursement in Quebec – Bill 28

Changes to Drug Reimbursement in Quebec – Bill 28

A detailed discussion of the Quebec government’s implementation of Bill 28 that changes pharmacist powers in Quebec.

What is Cost Plus?

What is Cost Plus?

Definition of a cost plus claim and the associated fees, taxes and legislative rules.

Sun Life Reasonable and Customary Charges for Paramedical Practitioners

Sun Life Reasonable and Customary Charges for Paramedical Practitioners

Sun Life publishes new reasonable and customary charges by Province for all paramedical practitioners. Reasonable and customary charges are limits based on typical pricing charged for services by each of the paramedical practitioners within a specific specialty. Should a paramedical practitioner charge higher than these limits for the given services, the difference is paid by the plan member.