GroupNews

GroupNews

Our GroupNews monthly newsletter provides commentary on benefit plan management and prescription drug developments as well as legal and legislative topics affecting benefit plans.

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February 28, 2019
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • New guidance on PHSPs for plan administrators and members
  • Ontario WSIB issues policy on medical cannabis
  • Nova Scotia increases dental services tariffs
  • CMHA calls for greater mental health care support in Canada
January 31, 2019
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • OHIP+ update
  • Maximum CPP earnings announced
  • British Columbia Supreme Court rules on provisions of Medicare Protection Act
  • Update on changes to employment leaves in Canadian jurisdictions
  • Update on healthcare spending in Canada
December 18, 2018
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • Ontario proposes use of private label drugs
  • Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) 2019 maximums announced
  • Update on the OHIP+ and Employer Health Tax in Ontario
  • Update on leaves of absence in Ontario and Nova Scotia
  • Public Sector Accounting Board – Employment Benefits Invitation to Comment
  • Canadian employees would like virtual healthcare offered in benefits packages
November 30, 2018
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • Canada Revenue Agency guidance on Private Health Services Plans
  • 2019 CPP maximums announced
  • Update on the new BC Employer Health Tax
  • Update on PTSD benefits for first responders in Nova Scotia
  • Saskatchewan expands pharmacists’ scope of practice
  • Cannabis update
  • Manitoba adds 154 drugs to Pharmacare list
October 31, 2018
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • New EI parental sharing benefit
  • Update on leaves of absence in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick
  • Health Canada approves Spinraza
  • Report examines prescription drug costs and strategies
September 28, 2018
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • Government changes Employment Insurance Act
  • 2019 EI premium rates
  • Update on British Columbia Medicare Protection Act measures
  • Latest PMPRB report analyzes Canada’s rising public drug plan costs
August 30, 2018
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • Report examines increasing costs of patented medicines
  • Update on leaves of absence in New Brunswick
  • Glatect for MS added to several provincial drug plans
  • Study: Digital health e-services improve Canadians’ productivity and enhance healthcare quality
July 31, 2018
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • British Columbia provides details of new employer health tax effective
    January 1, 2019
  • New Ontario government announces changes to OHIP+
  • Underwriting implications for LTD benefits stemming from potential legislative requirements
  • Quebec releases new RAMQ rates effective July 1, 2018
  • Consultations begin on national pharmacare program
  • PMPRB report: high-cost specialty drugs continue to dominate Canada’s new drug landscape
June 29, 2018
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • Quebec makes significant changes to labour standards laws
  • Manitoba introduces new critical illness leave for caregivers
  • Ontario addresses cannabis in the workplace
  • Highlights of the 2018 Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey
May 30, 2018
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • Nova Scotia Court of Appeal finds denial of medical cannabis coverage not discriminatory
  • British Columbia’s changes to leaves of absence are effective May 17, 2018
  • Quebec introduces changes to maternity, parental and paternity leaves
  • Drug Trend Report examines prescription drug spending for 2017