Focus Update 2010

Focus Update provides information on Group Benefits industry news, legislative changes, plan amendments, and other relevant issues.


Previous Issues Title
258 Increase in EI maximum insurable earnings affects STD plans * REVISED JANUARY 6, 2011 *
 257 Quebec Sales Tax (QST) rate increase effective January 1, 2011
256 Enhancing integration with provincial drug programs
255 Quebec group insurance pooling update 2011 - What's changing?
254 Introducing our new STD Attending Physician’s Statement
253 Canadian Health IndexTM
252 New email access IDs make it easier for members to access
251 Celebrating a decade of e-claim innovation with 1,000,000 e-claims in 2010
250 Healthy Workplace Month
249 Sun Life speaker at Health Work and Wellness Conference on Sept. 30
248 Check out our new sign-in page for plan members –
247 Sun Life Thought Leaders to speak at CPBI’s 2010 Ontario Conference
246 Quebec Announces Universal Procreation Program
245 “Sign up to Sun” is a success
244 New on the anti-fraud front
243 Sun Life Financial recognized for creativity and innovation in the 2009 / 2010 I.F.C.A. awards
242 Our Plan Member Services sign-in page is getting a makeover
241 BC reduces generic drug prices for public and private payors
240 See Absence Analytics and Support promoted on Sun Life’s microsite
239 Innovation rules the day at Sun Life
238 Changes to generic drug prices in Ontario and Quebec
237 Group Benefits GST/HST Update
236 Quebec amends basic drug plan
235 Mailing address changes for Health & Dental paper claims
234 A new requirement when submitting custom–made orthopaedic shoes and orthotic claims, effective August 1, 2010
233 Sun Life Financial services during the Toronto G20 Summit
232 Ontario is moving ahead with changes to the drug system - lowering generic drug prices for all Ontario residents
231 North2South Benefits Solution
230 Sun Life’s “Innovations” Microsite
229 New feature for exiting plan members! Accidental Death Coverage complements My Life CHOICE transition product

GST/HST Update

227 Sun Life Financial's Privacy Officer in Canada
226 A GST/HST Update for NB, NS, NL
225 Cuba requires visitors to carry proof of medical insurance, effective May 1, 2010
224 Highlights from the 2010 federal and provincial budgets
223 Benefits Fraud taken seriously at Sun Life Financial
222 Quebec budget released March 30, 2010: Impact to Group Benefits
221 Sign up to sun contest starts May 3!
220 Now available - new STD and LTD claim guides and new STD and LTD forms
219 Saskatchewan removes Chiropractic coverage – April 1, 2010
218 Changes to Alberta's Prescription Drug Program
217 Changes to Ontario's drug system
216 Sign up to sun

Federal Budget 2010

214 Update on H1N1: Flu season is behind us
213 Sun Life is focusing on provincial integration of drug benefits in 2010
212 Pay-Direct Drug plans: changes to the dispensing fee payments for Ontario pharmacies
211 New inquiry type being added to the GBCCC Utilization Report on our Plan Sponsor Services website
210 Updates to Pre-Authorized Debit wording on enrolment forms
209 Enhancement of your Osteopathic benefit coverage
208 Pay-Direct Drug plans: changes to dispensing fee payments for Ontario pharmacies
207 Highlights of the legislative and industry updates in 2009
206 We’re enhancing our online wellness information
205 Updates made to Plan Member Services for My CHOICE Plans
204 2010 Government benefits
203 Provincial dental fee increases for 2010
202 Exciting enhancements to My Health CHOICE - Extended Health Care and Dental Insurance
201 Growing media attention on workplace wellness