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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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
April 30, 2018
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • Manitoba increases Pharmacare deductible
  • Update on Saskatchewan’s elimination of provincial sales tax on insurance premiums
  • New research paper on long-term healthcare cost trends in Canada
  • British Columbia improves access to PTSD benefits for first responders
  • British Columbia introduces changes to leaves of absence
  • Quebec announces amendments to labour standards law
  • New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador introduce changes to leaves of absence
March 27, 2018
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • Alberta announces new pharmacy funding framework
  • Saskatchewan eliminates provincial sales tax on insurance premiums
  • Progress update on legislation to legalize cannabis
  • PMPRB report on generic drug prices in Canada
February 27, 2018
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • Annual report on 2018 health and dental trend factors
  • New employer health tax and changes to PharmaCare deductibles coming to
    British Columbia
  • Sun Life becomes first insurer to offer medical marijuana coverage
  • Latest initiative to lower generic drug prices
January 31, 2018
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • Maximum CPP earnings announced
  • Update on Alberta’s new dental fee guide
  • Overhaul of Alberta’s workplace laws now in effect
  • Ontario WSIB sets new mental stress requirements and transitional rules