Focus Update 2012

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

371 Quebec premium tax change and Quebec Sales Tax (QST) harmonizing with GST effective January 1, 2013

Previous Issues

370 Lower generic drug prices in BC could mean savings for plan sponsors
369 We’ve listened to plan members!
368 Sun Life experts at the Face to Face Drug Plan Management conference
367 Sun Life RightDirections EAP - new videos show benefits of this great program
366 Update on massage therapy claims in Alberta
365 “Get in the game” – see the November issue of Benefits Canada
364 Group Benefits Absence and Disability online services getting great reviews from plan sponsors like you
363 Update on the Federal Budget: Employer contributions to group accident and sickness and accident insurance plans become taxable benefits to employees
362 Manitoba RST to apply on certain group insurance premiums
361 Healthy Workplace Month
360 Sun Life Pharma in the news and check out the September issue of Benefits Canada
359 New 7 digit extension numbers when calling Sun Life Financial employees
358 Alberta announces a new regulation under the Health Professions Act establishing the College of Naturopathic Doctors
357 Your plan members get more claims options!
356 e-Payment standard launched
355 Changes to pharmaceutical coverages
354 New dental fee finder for Sun Life Financial plan members in Alberta
353 e-Payment Standard
352 Coming soon: Plan member satisfaction survey
351 Help make the transition for exiting plan members easier with a new Group Benefits Admin tool feature
350 For plan sponsors with EHC & Dental, health spending accounts (HSA) and personal spending accounts (PSA)
349 Group absence and disability management now available online
348 Quebec drug plan amendments will have minimal impact on plan sponsors
347 Sun Life pilot program with Touchpoint MedCentre comes to an early end
346 Your plan members will soon have more claims options!
345 Manitoba Retail Sales Tax (RST) on insurance premiums - now effective July 15, 2012
344 Non-therapeutic massage clinics in Quebec
343 Suspected fraud identified – Brampton medical clinic
342 Global2Go – we have your expatriate employees covered!
Special Edition - Get ready for a new kind of EAP – Sun Life RightDirections
341 Employers could see savings with launch of generic Crestor
340 Success strategies for implementing an innovative drug plan
339 Highlights of the federal, provincial and territorial budgets for 2012
338 New Research from the Sun Life Wellness Institute
337 Don’t miss next month’s Benefits Canada & Avantages
336 Contract changes to reflect legislative amendments – effective July 1, 2012
335 Sun Life Financial wins Reader’s Digest Trusted BrandTM Award for third year running!
334 Mobile apps - the evolution continues
333 CLHIA launches drug pooling agreement
332 Minimal impact expected to private drug plans following switch from OxyContin to OxyNEO
331 News from the Sun Life Wellness Institute
330 Important: E-claims for coordination of benefits and health spending accounts are here!
329 Highlights of the legislative and industry updates in 2011
328 Reminder: Do your members have access to their current claim forms?
327 Sun Life Financial again named as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World
326 Provincial dental fee increases for 2012
325 Accessing your Sun Life reports will now be even easier