Focus Update 2014

We want to keep you informed! Focus Update provides plan sponsors with important group benefits information. Look here for industry updates, legislative changes, product launches, plan amendments and other relevant news.

Current Issues

493 Contract change to reflect legislative amendment – effective March 1, 2015

Past Issues

492 Quebec Economic Statement contains important information on Premium Tax Increase – Impact to Sun Life Group Benefits
491 Update on the New Brunswick Prescription and Catastrophic Drug Insurance Act
490 Additions to mobile app help meet your members’ growing needs
489 New email service alerts aim to increase plan member engagement
487 Quebec group insurance pooling update 2015 – what's changing?
486 Target diabetes in the workplace with Sun Life HealthyFOCUS program
485 Ebola virus disease
484 Enhancements to leave of absence contract provisions
483 Important: service provider claims status
482 2014 Mobile Overview
481 Workplace Peer support - Sun Life signs referral agreement with Mental Health Innovations Consulting (MHI)
480 Reminder notice: Withholding income tax at source for long- or short-term disability payments
479 This Diabetes Awareness Month, Sun Life helps you take action on diabetes in your workplace
478 Sun Life raises diabetes awareness with Kick Diabetes online portal and Don’t Be Risky campaign
476 Changes to features on plan member services website
475 Exciting leadership changes at Sun Life Quebec
474 Sun Life’s latest Bright Paper about workplace mental health reminds you that “a little training goes a long way”
473 Your employees are not retiring when planned – and health is the top reason
472 Sun Life Preferred Pharmacy Network now implemented for eligible plan sponsors
471 My Sun Life Mobile offers one-of-a-kind experience with new drug features
470 October 5 to 11 is Mental Illness Awareness Week
469 Sun Life’s latest Bright Paper is a reminder that plan members need to “Take their pills” as prescribed
468 Time to update eligibility records for over-age student dependents
467 New categories for your prior authorization program
466 Enhancements to our Voluntary Benefits critical illness product – available October 1, 2014
465 Upgrades to software and Sun Life Direct means greater convenience at the dental office
464 my Sun Life Mobile to offer one-of-a-kind experience with new Drug features
463 Upcoming customer experience survey
462 Withholding income tax at source for long- or short-term disability payments
461 Information for students studying outside of Canada
460 Sun Life’s Dr. Marie-Hélène Pelletier featured in an article in the Canadian HR Reporter
459 Coming soon – drug coverage and alternatives at plan members’ fingertips!
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Sun Life’s Preferred Pharmacy Network coming on October 15
458 Quebec amends basic drug plan
457 Sun Life launches Preferred Pharmacy Network for specialty drugs
456 THANK YOU!  “my Sun Life Mobile Effect” contest winners to be announced
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Sun Life is pleased to provide you with our third healthcare benefits fraud e-bulletin
455 Changes to features on plan member services website
454 Take the Guesswork out of Wellness with Sun Life HealthySTART
453 New hepatitis category coming to your prior authorization program
452 10 days left for plan members to enter the “my Sun Life Mobile Effect” contest. $25,000 in prizes available
451 All about group benefits fraud awareness
450 Plan members encouraged to sign up with BioAdvance® to get REMICADE® savings
449 Update regarding New Brunswick’s Prescription and Catastrophic Drug Insurance Act and the New Brunswick Drug Plan
448 Reminder: “my Sun Life Mobile Effect” contest is now live!
$25,000 in prizes available
447 Plan members can give feedback about the my Sun Life website
446 Mental health week: May 5 – 11, 2014
445 New “Highlights’ of the Conference Board of Canada’s absenteeism and disability management research now available.
444 $25,000 in prizes to be won: Facebook contest starts May 12
443 DISPENSING FEE FREQUENCY LIMIT:  A GREAT WAY TO SAVE ON DRUG PLAN COSTS
442 New information added to disability reports
441 $25,000 in prizes to be won: The my Sun Life Mobile Effect contest coming soon on Facebook! Contest starts: May 12
440 Sun Life disability experts speaking at the 2014 Rogers Benefits & Pension Summit in Toronto and Vancouver
439 Sun Life has a new arrangement with Janssen Inc. to reduce costs on REMICADE®
438 Demos and Etutorials page: Now available
437 Alberta’s New Pharmacy Agreement, effective April 1, 2014
436 Sun Life springs into the media!
435 Mental health in the workplace – new resources now available!
Special Edition Special Communication
434 Sun Life sponsors the Workplace Wellness and Mental Health conference with a special rate for you to attend!
433 Highlights of the legislative and industry updates in 2013
432 Added claims options for your plan members
431 ‘Welcome Wagon’ programs help new hires maximize their employee benefits
430 Disability update: Health Management Services moving in-house
429 New paramedical services available for my Sun Life Mobile
427 Provincial dental fee increases for 2014
426 Sun Life and the Conference Board of Canada present a disability workshop series across Canada
425 Introducing New Brunswick’s Prescription and Catastrophic Drug Insurance Act and the New Brunswick Drug Plan
424 Increase in EI maximum insurable earnings affects STD plans
423 Reminder: Changes for some massage therapy claims in Alberta will start on January 1, 2014
422 Quebec group insurance pooling update 2014
421 A new and improved my Sun Life is coming soon
Special Edition Special Communication
420 Sun Life’s Specialty Drugs Preferred Provider Network is coming
419 Sun Life wins gold!
Special Edition Sun Life co-sponsors major new Conference Board of Canada research (Report 3)
418 Sun Life Financial sponsors Au Contraire Film Festival on Mental Illness
417 November is Diabetes Awareness month.  Improve your workplace wellness by offering these great programs!
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Sun Life co-sponsors major new Conference Board of Canada research (Report 2)
416 Updated enrolment form now available
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Sun Life co-sponsors major new Conference Board of Canada research (Report 1)
415 Sun Life Mobile App 2.0 – The evolution continues…
414 New paramedical services available for e-claims
413 Sun Life sponsorship lets us offer a discount to attend this conference – another example of The Conversation in action!
412 Alberta and Nova Scotia providing coverage for insulin infusion pumps through provincial programs
411 Government of New Brunswick consulting on implementation of prescription and catastrophic drug coverage
410 Sun Life gets a little greener
409 Email notifications – refreshed and friendly!
408 BRIGHTER by the day - Sun Life welcomes Marilee Mark to our team!
407 Heads Up: my Sun Life Mobile app 2.0 is coming!
406 Simply Covered:  involve, interact, inform
405 Further extension on process changes impacting massage therapy claims in Alberta
404 Time to update eligibility records for over-age student dependents
403 Sun Life supports recommendations for major changes in the Canadian prescription drug landscape
402 Sun Life’s The Conversation and sponsorship of the Canadian HR Reporter roundtable
401 Sun Life Direct – business as usual for your plan members with new dental provider web portal
400 Sun Life Financial donates $100,000 to help people affected by flooding in Alberta
399 Pharma Legislative Update June 2013
398 Manitoba provincial retail sales tax rate increase announced
397 Changes to QPP that impact disability benefits
396 Highlights of the federal, provincial and territorial budgets for 2013
395 Sun Life joins with Homewood to help tackle mental health and addiction related disability claims
394 Group Benefits termination package now easily available
393 Check us out in this month’s Benefits Canada & Avantages
392 Upgrades to mysunlife.ca!
391 Keep your records up-to-date regarding plan members and their eligible dependents
390 Update on pharmaceutical programs
389 Sun Life extends a warm welcome to Sophie Ouellet in her new role as Regional Vice-President, Quebec and Eastern Ontario Region, Group Benefits
Special Edition Effective date of change to Alberta massage therapy claims process now September 1, 2013
388 Sun Life is sponsoring the 2013 Rogers Benefits & Pension Summit – Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver
387 Spring your wellness program forward with HealthyRETURNS Heart Smart Clinics!
386 Reminder: Alberta massage therapy claims process changes on May 1, 2013
385

Acupuncture practice in Ontario 

384 Acupuncture practice in Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador
383 Group benefits GST/HST update for British Columbia and Prince Edward Island
382 Sun Life’s team just got a little brighter – a warm welcome to Jean-Michel Lavoie, Product Director, Pharmaceutical Benefits
381 Y Worry – Benefits Canada article by Stuart Monteith
380 Sun Life’s New Short-Term Disability Claim Assessment Summary
379 Highlights of the legislative and industry updates in 2012
378 Changes to your Sun Life administration guide regarding the naming and changing of beneficiaries
377 Provincial dental fee increases for 2013
376 New mental health workplace standard from the Mental Health Commission of Canada
375 Service provider e-claims submission continue to gain popularity
374 Employer contributions to a group sickness or accident insurance plan are a taxable benefit to employees
373 Increase in EI maximum insurable earnings affects STD plans
372 Quebec group insurance pooling update 2013 - What's changing?