Focus Update 2013

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

423 Reminder: Changes for some massage therapy claims in Alberta will start on January 1, 2014

Past Issues

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!
Sun Life co-sponsors major new Conference Board of Canada research (Report 2)
416 Updated enrolment form now available
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!
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

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?