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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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
December 19, 2017
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • Retraite Québec announces increase in 2018 QPP maximums
  • British Columbia’s MSP premium reductions take effect January 1, 2018
  • New research paper on Canadian mortality improvement
  • New Draft Regulations to amend the federal Patented Medicines Regulations
  • New leave in Saskatchewan for victims of interpersonal violence
  • Canadian Pharmacists Association proposes national pharmacare accord
November 30, 2017
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • Ontario makes significant changes to employment standards legislation
  • CRA announces 2018 CPP maximums 
  • Changes to Employment Insurance benefits to take effect December 3, 2017
  • Quebec Drug Insurance Pooling Corporation releases 2018 pooling terms and conditions
  • Canadian Institute for Health Information report examines national health expenditure trends
October 31, 2017
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) updates mental stress policies
  • Nova Scotia to make it easier for first responders to get PTSD benefits
  • Ontario’s new legislation aims to improve healthcare transparency
  • National Pharmacare program could save Canadians $4.2 billion a year, Parliamentary Budget Office report states
  • Québec makes changes to Pharmacare
September 29, 2017
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • 2018 Employment Insurance premium rate announcement
  • British Columbia moves forward with MSP changes
  • A closer look at renewals
  • Ontario: Progress report on Bill 148
August 31, 2017
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • Alberta releases new dental fee guide
  • British Columbia Labour Relations Board rules termination of employees on LTD not automatically discriminatory
  • Manitoba scales back chiropractic coverage
  • Ontario consults on transparency in the healthcare sector
  • Quebec to reinstate professional allowances cap