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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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

 

July 31, 2017
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • Ontario releases draft regulation on OHIP+
  • Ontario and Manitoba make changes to provincial drug programs
  • Quebec government reaches deal to save $1.5 billion through launch of generic drugs
  • Canadian Cancer Statistics 2017
June 30, 2017
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • Ontario makes significant changes to employment standards
  • Alberta overhauls employment standards legislation
  • Quebec’s new RAMQ rates effective July 1, 2017
  • Actuaries corner: Weathering the climate of change
  • Ontario WSIB to provide benefits for chronic stress
  • Employees less satisfied with health benefits
May 31, 2017
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • Ontario review of workplace laws recommends sweeping changes
  • Saskatchewan delays implementation of sales tax on insurance premiums
  • Update on federal genetic non-discrimination legislation
  • Manitoba changes coverage limits for diabetic testing supplies
  • Nova Scotia makes access to PTSD benefits easier
  • Canada reviews prescription drug pricing
April 30, 2017
 
This edition of GroupNews discusses:
  • 2017 Federal budget legislation introduced
  • Manitoba increases Pharmacare deductible rates
  • Quebec accelerates elimination of health contribution, postpones decrease to compensation tax on insurance premiums
  • Newfoundland and Labrador budget highlights
  • Quebec introduces regulations for competitive tendering of drugs
  • Nova Scotians must cope with longer delays for “priority” procedures