Health Coverage Choice (HCC)

Target client profiles:
HCC is an ideal solution for those leaving a group benefits plan, clients who are retiring, have recently been laid off or are leaving a job to start their own business.

Selling features:
Provides affordable coverage for day-to-day health expenses and unexpected medical emergencies that aren't covered by provincial plans. Dental benefits are optional on some plans. No medical information is required.

Product features

Plan comparison

Health and Dental Choice A plan summary

We will only reimburse medical expenses that are not covered by the insured person's provincial health care plan.

Plan summary

Benefit

Reimbursement

Maximum per person

Drug

80%

$400 in a calendar year

Extended health

80%

Described in the Extended
health provision

Vision

100%

$150 every two calendar years

 
Semi-private hospital room

50% of reasonable & customary charges

 
$5,000 in a calendar year

Preventive dental

80%

$700 in a calendar year

Notes:

Drug

  • The amount we pay for the dispensing fee reimbursement is 100% but is limited to a maximum of $5 per prescription.
  • In Quebec
    • If your client has prescription drug insurance through the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), this means that their prescription drug claims must first be submitted to RAMQ. Any remaining, unpaid portion that is eligible under this policy can then be submitted to us for reimbursement. The coinsurance and deductible that an insured person must pay under their plan with the RAMQ are eligible under this policy.
    • If your client has group drug coverage and are not covered by RAMQ prescription drug insurance, their prescription drug claims must first be submitted to the group policy. Any remaining, unpaid portion that is eligible under this policy can then be submitted to us for reimbursement. If their group drug coverage is with us please have them contact us to co-ordinate drug benefits between their group policy and this policy. If their group drug coverage ends, they must then obtain RAMQ prescription drug insurance to remain eligible under this policy.

Lifetime maximum

The amount we will reimburse for each insured person over the lifetime of this policy is limited to $250,000 in total for the following eligible expenses:

  • Drug,
  • Extended health,
  • Vision, and
  • Semi-private hospital room
Health Choice B plan summary

We will only reimburse medical expenses that are not covered by the insured person's provincial health care plan.

Plan summary for Health Choice B

Benefit

Reimbursement

Maximum per person

Drug

80%

$1,000 in a calendar year

Extended health

100%

Described in the Extended
health provision

Vision

100%

$150 every two calendar years

Emergency travel medical coverage

100%

60 days per trip
$1,000,000 lifetime

Semi-private hospital room

85% of reasonable & customary charges

Described in a Semi-private hospital room provision

Note:

In Quebec

  • If your client has prescription drug insurance through the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), this means that their prescription drug claims must first be submitted to RAMQ. Any remaining, unpaid portion that is eligible under this policy can then be submitted to us for reimbursement. The coinsurance and deductible that an insured person must pay under their plan with the RAMQ are eligible under this policy.
  • If your client has group drug coverage and are not covered by RAMQ prescription drug insurance, their prescription drug claims must first be submitted to the group policy. Any remaining, unpaid portion that is eligible under this policy can then be submitted to us for reimbursement. If their group drug coverage is with us please have them contact us to co-ordinate drug benefits between their group policy and this policy. If their group drug coverage ends, they must then obtain RAMQ prescription drug insurance to remain eligible under this policy.

Lifetime maximum

The amount we will reimburse for each insured person over the lifetime of this policy is limited to $250,000 in total for the following eligible expenses:

  • Drug,
  • Extended health,
  • Vision, and
  • Semi-private hospital room

Plan summary for Health Choice B with dental

Benefit

Reimbursement

Maximum per person

Drug

80%

$1,000 in a calendar year

Extended health

100%

Described in the Extended
health provision

Vision

100%

$150 every two calendar years

Emergency travel medical coverage

 
100%

60 days per trip
$1,000,000 lifetime

 
Semi-private hospital room

85% of reasonable & customary charges

Described in the Semi-private hospital room provision

Optional benefits

Preventive dental

80%

combined $700 per calendar year

Restorative dental

50%

Notes:

In Quebec:

  • If your client has prescription drug insurance through the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), this means that their prescription drug claims must first be submitted to RAMQ. Any remaining, unpaid portion that is eligible under this policy can then be submitted to us for reimbursement. The coinsurance and deductible that an insured person must pay under their plan with the RAMQ are eligible under this policy.
  • If your client has group drug coverage and are not covered by RAMQ prescription drug insurance, their prescription drug claims must first be submitted to the group policy. Any remaining, unpaid portion that is eligible under this policy can then be submitted to us for reimbursement. If their group drug coverage is with us please have them contact us to co-ordinate drug benefits between their group policy and this policy. If their group drug coverage ends, they must then obtain RAMQ prescription drug insurance to remain eligible under this policy.

Waiting period - Dental: An insured person becomes eligible for the restorative dental coverage one year after the effective date of this policy.

Dental benefit - anaesthesia and laboratory charges: When an insured person incurs anaesthesia and laboratory charges, these charges will only be reimbursed if incurred while receiving eligible dental services. The reimbursement for the anaesthesia and laboratory charges is limited to the reimbursement percentage of the services they were performed with.

Lifetime maximum

The amount we will reimburse for each insured person over the lifetime of this policy is limited to $250,000 in total for the following eligible expenses:

  • Drug,
  • Extended health,
  • Vision, and
  • Semi-private hospital room
Health Choice C plan summary

We will only reimburse medical expenses that are not covered by the insured person's provincial health care plan.

Plan summary for Health Choice C

Benefit 

Reimbursement 

Maximum per person 

Drug

80%

2,000 in a calendar year

Extended health

100%

Described in the Extended
health provision

Vision

100%

$200 every two calendar years

Emergency travel medical coverage

100%

60 days per trip
$1,000,000 lifetime

Semi-private hospital room

85% of reasonable & customary charges

Described in the Semi-private hospital room provision

Note:

In Quebec

  • If your client has prescription drug insurance through the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), this means that their prescription drug claims must first be submitted to RAMQ. Any remaining, unpaid portion that is eligible under this policy can then be submitted to us for reimbursement. The coinsurance and deductible that an insured person must pay under their plan with the RAMQ are eligible under this policy.
  • If your client has group drug coverage and are not covered by RAMQ prescription drug insurance, their prescription drug claims must first be submitted to the group policy. Any remaining, unpaid portion that is eligible under this policy can then be submitted to us for reimbursement. If their group drug coverage is with us please have them contact us to co-ordinate drug benefits between their group policy and this policy. If their group drug coverage ends, they must then obtain RAMQ prescription drug insurance to remain eligible under this policy.

Lifetime maximum

The amount we will reimburse for each insured person over the lifetime of this policy is limited to $250,000 in total for the following eligible expenses:

  • Drug,
  • Extended health,
  • Vision, and
  • Semi-private hospital room
Plan summary for Health Choice C with dental

Benefit 

Reimbursement 

Maximum per person 

Drug

80%

$2,000 in a calendar year

Extended health

100%

Described in the Extended
health provision

Vision

100%

$200 every two calendar years

Emergency travel medical coverage

100%

60 days per trip
$1,000,000 lifetime

Semi-private hospital room

85% of reasonable & customary charges

Described in the Semi-private hospital room provision

Optional benefits 

Preventive dental

80%

$750 in the first calendar year, $1,000 in subsequent calendar years (combined with Preventive dental)

Restorative dental

50%

Note:

In Quebec

  • If your client has prescription drug insurance through the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), this means that their prescription drug claims must first be submitted to RAMQ. Any remaining, unpaid portion that is eligible under this policy can then be submitted to us for reimbursement. The coinsurance and deductible that an insured person must pay under their plan with the RAMQ are eligible under this policy.
  • If your client has group drug coverage and are not covered by RAMQ prescription drug insurance, their prescription drug claims must first be submitted to the group policy. Any remaining, unpaid portion that is eligible under this policy can then be submitted to us for reimbursement. If their group drug coverage is with us please have them contact us to co-ordinate drug benefits between their group policy and this policy. If their group drug coverage ends, they must then obtain RAMQ prescription drug insurance to remain eligible under this policy.

Waiting period - Dental: An insured person becomes eligible for the restorative dental coverage one year after the effective date of this policy.

Dental benefit - anaesthesia and laboratory charges: When an insured person incurs anaesthesia and laboratory charges, these charges will only be reimbursed if incurred while receiving eligible dental services. The reimbursement for the anaesthesia and laboratory charges is limited to the reimbursement percentage of the services they were performed with.

Lifetime maximum

The amount we will reimburse for each insured person over the lifetime of this policy is limited to $300,000 in total for the following eligible expenses:

  • Drug,
  • Extended health,
  • Vision, and
  • Semi-private hospital room

Inforce policies and claims

Claims and payments

While the policy is in effect

A claim must be received by us within 12 months of the date that the eligible expense is incurred. An eligible expense is incurred on the date the services are received or on the date supplies are purchased or rented. If an anticipated treatment is not specifically mentioned in the contract, the client should contact us (1-877-SUN LIFE/ 1-877-786-5433) before treatment begins to confirm whether an espense will be eligible.

Claims must be submitted through the province of residence (or Régie de l'assurance-maladie du Québec (RAMQ) first as they are the first payor. Clients in Quebec should notify their pharmacy that RAMQ pays first and claims are paid under HCC once we see from the receipt what RAMQ has paid. Exception: Drugs that are not eligible under RAMQ do not fall into this process and therefore the claim should be submitted to HCC

After the policy ends

A claim must be received by us within 3 months of the date your policy ended. We will not pay for any claims received by us more than 3 months after the date your policy ended, regardless of when the eligible expense was incurred.

We may require itemized bills, attending physician statements, commercial laboratory receipts, reports, records, x-rays, study models or other information we consider necessary to assess the claim. Your client must pay any additional cost associated with providing this information.

The intentional omission, misrepresentation or falsification of information relating to any claim constitutes fraud.

Payment of benefits

We will pay benefits when we receive proof of an incurred eligible expense. We determine the amount to be paid by:

  1. applying the reimbursement percentage, and
  2. then applying the maximums.

How we calculate the amount we'll pay

This is how we calculate the amount we'll pay:

  1. We confirm all expenses submited are eligible for reimbursement. We determine if there are any limitations which are described in the applicable provisions. If any of the expenses aren't eligible, we subtract that expense from the total amount being claimed.
  2. For each eligible expense, we compare:
  • the amount being claimed,
  • the customary charge for the expense, and
  • the maximum amount that can be claimed as described on the Plan summary page.

The reimbursement is based on the lowest of these three amounts.

General exclusions

We will not pay for expenses:

  • caused by intentionally self-inflicted injuries, while sane or insane
  • incurred directly or indirectly by or associated with civil disorder or war, whether declared or not; or service in the naval, military or air force of any country, combination of countries or international organization at war, whether declared or not,
  • that we are not legally allowed to pay,
  • for services or items that we consider cosmetic,
  • for services or items that we consider experimental,
  • for delivery, transportation and administration charges,
  • for services and products that are self-prescribed or are rendered or prescribed by a person who is ordinarily a resident in the insured person's home or who is related to the insured person by blood or marriage,
  • for services or supplies payable or available (regardless of any waiting list) under any government-sponsored plan or program unless explicitly listed as covered under this benefit,
  • for services or supplies that are not generally recognized by the Canadian medical profession as effective, appropriate and required in the treatment of an illness in accordance with Canadian medical standards,
  • for services and supplies that donot qualify as medical expenses under the Income Tax Act (Canada) and,
  • for elective (non-emergency) medical treatment or surgery which is received or performed out of the province where they live.
Online and mobile services for Personal Health Insurance and Health Coverage Choice

We've made Personal Health Insurance (PHI) and Health Coverage Choice (HCC) even smarter, faster and easier by adding mobile and online access so that your clients can:

1. Apply for and buy PHI or HCC directly from your web page

You can add custom links to your website - giving your clients the option to buy PHI and HCC online. When your clients buy online, you'll benefit from:

  • More commission: Get an extra 2% commission for applications submitted through the web.
  • Faster service: We get the application as soon as it's sent and we give it top priority.
  • Immediate approval: If an application is approved, the client's coverage will start the next business day.
  • Up-to-date information: The website always has the most up-to-date information so you don't need to keep a supply of forms and rates.
  • Much more: Check out the full list of reasons to use the web application.

Detailed instructions on how to add a custom link to your web site are available.

2. Manage their plans on mySunLife.ca

At mySunLife.ca your clients can manage their PHI or HCC plans online - it's easy, secure and paperless. Clients can receive fast and efficient service, as well as:

  • submit claims online (vision, paramedical and dental if applicable),
  • get claim payments deposited into their bank account,
  • print their claim forms,1
  • view their coverage details and claim history, and
  • view if a drug is eligible (HCC only as PHI clients could have drug exclusions).2

Address changes cannot be completed online. Clients can contact the PHI administration team if they need to update their address.

Please note that access to web services is available to clients only.

3. Manage their plans with the my Sun Life Mobile app

This free app makes it easier for PHI and HCC clients to connect - any time, anywhere. With the app, your clients can use their smartphone (BlackBerry or iPhone) to:

  • submit claims (vision, paramedical and dental claims, if applicable) for automatic processing, and receive payment into their bank accounts within 48 hours,
  • view information about recently submitted or processed claims,
  • access their drug and travel cards, and
  • access interactive financial planning tools.

Clients can download my Sun Life Mobile to their smartphone from BlackBerry App World or the Apple App Store, any time.

More information about mySunLife.ca web services

  • How clients can register for mySunLife.ca

    Clients can register online at www.mysunlife.ca or by phone at 1-877-SUN-LIFE (1-877-786-5433). They will need to know their policy number (037000) and their ID number.

    • Please note clients will be using the Group Benefits website to view their coverage. Although they may see references to Group Benefits, these don't apply to PHI and HCC; their coverage details are correct.
    • Clients do not need to register if they already have Customer Access.
  • How direct deposit of claims payment works

    Direct deposit of claims is only available to clients who have registered for web services. Here's how the direct deposit of claims will work:

    • If each spouse has a separate policy, each will need to register for web services.
    • If a claim is submitted on a paper claim form and the client is registered for web services, payment will be deposited into the bank account.3
    • Changes to the banking information for direct deposit can only be made on the website. If premium payments are to be withdrawn from a different account, the client will need to complete
    • Clients who pay their premiums by cheque or credit card can have direct deposit; they just need to register and provide bank account details.
    • A client cannot have direct deposit for one benefit and not the other - if the plan has both health and dental, direct deposit will apply to both benefits.
  • Client support for web services

    If clients have technical questions about registering or need to reset a password, please have them call 1-877-SUN-LIFE (1-877-786-5433), choose option 1 for English and then option 6 for assistance. For administrative questions, please have clients call 1-877-SUN-LIFE (1-877-786-5433), choose option 1 for English and then options 2, 2 and 2.

Additional references

Emergency travel medical provision

The information below applies to the current series.

All plans, except for PHI Basic and HCC A include coverage for unexpected emergency medical services performed outside an insured person's home province if they occur within the first 60 days of the trip.

Emergency travel medical provision 

Eligible expenses

We will cover eligible expenses up to the limit specified on the Plan summary page and those described below.

Hospital and medical services and travel assistance expenses must satisfy all of the following criteria to be eligible. They must be:

  • medically necessary,
  • incurred due to an emergency which occurs during the first 60 days of travelling outside the province in which the insured person lives. The 60-day travel period starts on the first day of departure from the province where the insured person lives,
  • incurred as a result of emergency treatment of an illness or injury which occurs outside the province in which the insured person lives, and
  • for an insured person who is under the age of 80. This coverage ends on the insured person's 80th birthday.

Emergency services covered under the emergency travel medical coverage include any reasonable medical services or supplies, including advice, treatment, medical procedures or surgery required as the result of an emergency.

When the 60 days of coverage ends

The 60 days of coverage ends, whether a claim has been made or not, when the insured person has left the province where they live and hasn't returned for the length of time needed to obtain another 60 days of coverage. The insured person must return to the province where they live for the required 24 hours or 20 consecutive day period to be eligible for another 60 days of emergency travel medical coverage.
If emergency travel medical coverage has ended and the insured person is:

  • under age 65, they become eligible for another 60 days of coverage when they return to the province where they live for 24 hours.
  • 65 or older, they become eligible for another 60 days of coverage when they return to the province where they live for 20 consecutive days.

Example 1

Regardless of age, if the insured person departs from the province where they live on January 1st and travels for 60 days, they will have emergency travel medical coverage for the entire 60 days. If they have not returned to their province before the 61st day, they are no longer covered. To be eligible for another 60 days they must return to their province for the time specified based on their age.

Example 2

If the insured person departs from the province where they live on January 1 and travels for 30 days, returns to their province for two days, then departs on February 2 for another 10 days, and they are:

  • under 65, the first trip is covered because it is within the first 60 days of travel. The second trip is covered because they have returned for more than 24 hours so they are eligible for another 60 days of coverage which begins the day they leave on the February 2nd trip.
  • 65 or older, the first trip is covered because it is within the first 60 days of travel. The second trip is covered because it is within 60 days from January 1. The two trips plus the two days in between is less than 60 days so both trips will be covered under the same 60-day emergency travel medical coverage, and the remaining days of coverage expire 18 days later. The insured person will be eligible for another 60 days of emergency travel medical coverage once they have returned to their province for 20 days.

Example 3

If the insured person departs from the province where they live on March 1st and travels for 40 days, returns to their province for 10 days, and leaves on April 20th for another 50 days, and they are:

  • under 65, they have met the requirement to return to their province for 24 hours and are eligible for another 60 days of coverage starting April 20th.
  • 65 or older, they have not met the required eligibility period and coverage ends on April 29th. They are only covered for the first trip of 40 days and 10 days of the second trip. The insured person did not return to their province for the required 20 days and is only eligible for emergency travel medical coverage for the first 10 days of the 50 days of travel.

Travel assistance services

We will provide a toll-free number which gives insured persons 24-hour access to a worldwide assistance network. For an emergency which occurs during the 60-day travel period, the network will provide the following emergency assistance services:

  • physician and hospital referrals,
  • ongoing monitoring of medical treatment if an insured person is hospitalized,
  • coordination of transportation arrangements via ground or air ambulance if it is medically necessary to return an insured person to Canada or transfer them to another hospital that is equipped to provide the required treatment,
  • payment assistance for hospital and medical expenses,
  • legal referrals,
  • a telephone interpretation service, and
  • a message service for insured persons; messages will be held up to 15 days.

Emergency payment assistance

You must confirm your provincial health care coverage and coverage under the health provisions of this policy with our emergency assistance provider before receiving medically necessary services to ensure that any expenses you incur are paid. If you are not able to confirm with our emergency travel assistance provider before receiving services, you must do so as soon as is reasonably possible afterward. If you don't confirm coverage and services are received in circumstances where you could have reasonably contacted our emergency assistance provider, then we have the right to deny or limit payments for all expenses not confirmed. If we've paid for hospital and medical expenses on behalf of an insured person, you must sign an authorization form allowing us to recover the amount we've paid from the appropriate provincial health care plan.

If we've paid or have agreed to pay for expenses that require a portion to be paid by the insured person under this policy or the provincial health care plan, or are not covered under this policy, you must reimburse us for any amount payable by the insured person or not covered under these policies.
If we haven't paid for expenses incurred, we will only reimburse you when we receive proof satisfactory to us of your claim for reimbursement.

Hospital and medical services

We cover reasonable and customary charges for the following items, less the amount payable by a provincial health care plan:

  • public ward accommodation and auxiliary hospital services in a general hospital,
  • services of a physician,
  • economy air fare to return the insured person to the province where they live for medical treatment,
  • licensed ground ambulance service to the nearest hospital equipped to provide the required treatment, or to Canada as determined by us or our emergency travel assistance provider,
  • emergency air ambulance service to the nearest hospital equipped to provide the required treatment, or to Canada as determined by us or our emergency travel assistance provider, when the insured person's physical condition prevents the use of another means of transportation, and
  • the services and return air fare for a registered nurse when the insured person's physical condition prevents the use of another means of transportation, and the insured person requires a registered nurse during the flight.

The maximum lifetime amount we will pay for hospital and medical services is $1,000,000 for each insured person.

Expenses that are included as eligible expenses under other health benefits in this policy are also eligible while travelling outside Canada. These expenses are subject to the reimbursement percentages listed under the appropriate benefit in the Plan summary.

Travel assistance benefits

We cover reasonable and customary charges for the following family assistance benefits:

  • return transportation for an insured person who is under age 16, or is handicapped, and they are left unattended because you or an insured person is hospitalized outside the province where you live. We will provide an escort to accompany them, if we or our emergency travel assistance provider determine it's necessary. The maximum payable for the return transportation is a one-way economy fare for each insured dependant who is under age 16, or who is handicapped,
  • return transportation of any insured person, if their hospitalization or another insured person's hospitalization prevents them from returning home on the originally scheduled, pre-paid transportation, and they must purchase new return tickets. The extra cost of each return fare is payable to a maximum of a one-way economy fare, less any amount reimbursed for the unused return tickets,
  • a visit of a spouse, parent, child, brother or sister, of the insured person when that insured person is hospitalized for more than seven days while travelling without a relative. The visit includes meals and accommodation up to a maximum of $150 per day, and round-trip economy transportation, for the person visiting. These expenses are also covered when it is necessary for one of them to identify a deceased insured person before the release of their body, and
  • meals and accommodation up to a maximum of $150 per day (in total, not per person), if another insured person's trip is extended because an insured person is hospitalized.

The combined maximum amount we will pay for family assistance benefits is $5,000 for each travel emergency.

Repatriation

If an insured person dies while outside of the province where they lived, we will arrange for the necessary authorizations and the return of the deceased to the province where they last lived. Preparation of the deceased for repatriation includes expenses for cremation at the place of death. Return of the deceased includes a basic shipping container, but excludes expenses for burial, such as burial caskets and urns.

The maximum amount we will pay for the preparation and return of the deceased is $5,000.

Vehicle return

If an insured person is unable to operate a vehicle (owned or rented) because they are being returned to Canada for medical treatment, we will pay the cost of returning the vehicle to the province where they live, or the nearest appropriate rental agency. We will also pay this benefit when the insured person dies.

The maximum amount we will pay for returning the vehicle is $1,000.

Exclusions and limitations

At the time of an emergency, the insured person or someone present with the insured person must contact our emergency travel assistance provider. All invasive and investigative procedures (including any surgery, angiogram, MRI, PET scan, CAT scan), must be pre-authorized by our emergency travel assistance provider before being performed, except in extreme circumstances where surgery is performed on an emergency basis immediately following admission to a hospital.

If you are not able to contact our emergency travel assistance provider before receiving services, you or someone present with the insured person must do so as soon as is reasonably possible afterward. If you don't contact our emergency travel assistance provider and emergency services are received in circumstances where you could have reasonably contacted our emergency assistance provided, then we have the right to deny or limit payments for all expenses related to that emergency.

An emergency ends when the insured person is medically stable to return to the province where they live.

We will not pay the expenses:

  • for services that are not immediately required or which could reasonably be delayed until the insured person returns to the province where they live,
  • for services relating to an illness or injury which caused the emergency, if they were received after the emergency ended,
  • for services provided to the insured after the date that we or our emergency travel assistance provider, based on available medical evidence, determine that the insured person can be returned to the province where they live,
  • for services received by the insured person for an illness or injury, including any complications if the insured person unreasonably refused or neglected to receive recommended medical services for that illness or injury,
  • for services related to an illness or injury, including any complications or any emergency arising directly or indirectly from that illness or injury, where the trip was taken to obtain medical services for that illness or injury,
  • incurred by an insured person for an emergency which occurs more than 60 days after departure from the province where they live,
  • for the regular treatment of a chronic injury or illness. Emergency services do not include treatment provided as part of an established management program that existed before the insured person left their province of residence,
  • due to or related to a pre-existing medical condition. A "pre-existing" medical condition is one where symptoms appeared or required medical attention, hospitalization or treatment (including changes in medication or dosage) during the nine-month period before the insured person's departure from the province where they live,
  • due to pregnancy and incurred within four weeks of the insured person's expected date of delivery,
  • for a child born outside of Canada until the later of their coverage effective date, or the date the child returns to Canada,
  • incurred on a non-emergency or referral basis, and
  • incurred under any of the conditions specified in the General exclusions section of the General provisions pages.

To determine eligibility, we may require the attending physician to provide medical evidence certifying that the insured person's medical condition was stable for a minimum period of nine months before the insured person traveled outside the province where they live. "Stable" means that the attending physician has stated that he does not expect a recurrence of the same medical condition or any problems related to that condition while the insured person travels outside the province where they live.

Due to conditions such as war, political unrest, epidemics, and geographic inaccessibility, emergency assistance services may not be available in certain countries.

Neither we nor the emergency travel assistance provider providing the assistance services is responsible for the availability, quality or results of the medical treatment received by the insured person, or for the failure to obtain medical treatment.

Emergency travel medical claims  

It's important that clients quickly take the following steps if they experience a medical emergency while travelling;

  1. Call the 24-hour help-line listed on the emergency travel medical card or have someone call on their behalf. AZGA Service Canada Inc. (Allianz Global Assistance) will verify the client's private health coverage and provincial health care coverage so payments can be arranged on behalf of the insured person, their insured spouse or insured dependent.
  2. An authorization form will need to be signed by the insured person, allowing Allianz Global Assistance to recover any amount payable to provincial health care plan.
  3. The insured person is responsible for expenses incurred that aren't covered under their plan or their provincial health care plan. The policy owner will need to reimburse Allianz Global Assistance for any excess amount paid on their behalf.
  4. If subsequent bills are received for these expenses, they need to be forwarded to Allianz Global Assistance and payments will be coordinated by Allianz Global Assistance with the provincial health care plan and Sun Life Financial.
  5. Allianz Global Assistance may request proof of travel (i.e. plane ticket, gas receipts, car rental receipts) to prove travel dates are within the eligible 60 days. If proof isn't provided, a claim may be denied.

Clients must send their out-of-province claims for hospital or doctors' fees to Allianz Global Assistance, before submitting to their provincial health plan. Allianz Global Assistance's address can be obtained by visiting our Sun Life Financial Plan Member Services website at www.mysunlife.ca or by calling our Sun Life Financial Customer Care centre toll-free number 1-800-361-6212.

Following these steps will speed up the refund process. Sun Life Financial and Allianz Global Assistance coordinate the reimbursement process with most provincial plans and insurers and send a cheque to the policy owner for the eligible expenses. Allianz Global Assistance will ask clients to sign a form authorizing it to act on a client's behalf before the claim is processed.

Eligibility requirements

Because your client has been covered by a group health plan, he or she can apply for Health Coverage Choice. There are no medical requirements, and depending on the timing of the application, no gaps in coverage.

To become eligible and to continue to be eligible for insurance, a person must be:

  1. a resident of Canada,
  2. covered under provincial health insurance,
    • Quebec residents must also have and continue to have health and drug coverage through a group benefit plan or through the Régie de l'Assurance Maladie du Québec (RAMQ). If they have drug coverage with their group benefits instead of RAMQ , we need to know the insurance carrier, group policy and certificate number to direct claims to the group plan first. Health Coverage Choice is an individual plan and does not take the place of a group plan, therefore clients cannot opt out of RAMQ because they have HCC. If applying for HCC, most likely the client opted out of RAMQ as they previously had group benefits. A person not covered under a group benefit plan or through RAMQ, is not eligible for coverage under this policy.
    • If their group benefits are ending, the client now needs to apply for RAMQ and apply for HCC at the same time (both need to be done in the first 60 days).
  3. 74 or younger on the application date (HCC is renewable for clients who are 75 years and over)
  4. have been covered under a group plan within the last 60 days prior to the HCC application date. Their group benefits plan could have been provided by any insurance carrier. If the Group coverage was only a health spending account (HSA), it will not qualify as previous group coverage. And
  5. related to the policyholder in one of the following ways:
    1. Legally married or in a civil union,
    2. Living with, in a conjugal relationship and represented as spouse or partner of the insured, or
    3. A child born to you, adopted by you, or is a step child who is An unmarried and entirely dependent on the insured for maintenance and support and who is
      1. Under 21 years of age,
      2. Under 25 years of age and attending a college or university full time,
      3. Physically or mentally incapable of self-support and became incapable to that extent while entirely dependent on the policyholder for maintenance and support and while eligible under 1) or 2) above.

Other requirements

  • To apply for supplemental health care coverage and prescription drug, your client must have had supplemental health care and prescription drug coverage through the group plan.
  • If applying for supplemental health care, prescription drug and dental coverage, your client must have had supplemental health care, prescription drug and dental coverage through the group plan.
  • If applying as a couple or a family, the same plan and options must be chosen for everyone in order for the client to benefit from couple rates.
  • When choosing coverage, premium rates are based on age and province of residence. Use child rates if a dependent child is under the age of 21 or under 25 and in school full time.
  • If your client is under age 25 and not applying as a dependant, use single rates.

We will only reimburse medical expenses that are not covered by the insured person's provincial health care plan.

Plan summary

Benefit

Reimbursement

Maximum per person

Drug

80%

$400 in a calendar year

Extended health

80%

Described in the Extended
health provision

Vision

100%

$150 every two calendar years

 
Semi-private hospital room

50% of reasonable & customary charges

 
$5,000 in a calendar year

Preventive dental

80%

$700 in a calendar year

Notes:

Drug

  • The amount we pay for the dispensing fee reimbursement is 100% but is limited to a maximum of $5 per prescription.
  • In Quebec
    • If your client has prescription drug insurance through the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), this means that their prescription drug claims must first be submitted to RAMQ. Any remaining, unpaid portion that is eligible under this policy can then be submitted to us for reimbursement. The coinsurance and deductible that an insured person must pay under their plan with the RAMQ are eligible under this policy.
    • If your client has group drug coverage and are not covered by RAMQ prescription drug insurance, their prescription drug claims must first be submitted to the group policy. Any remaining, unpaid portion that is eligible under this policy can then be submitted to us for reimbursement. If their group drug coverage is with us please have them contact us to co-ordinate drug benefits between their group policy and this policy. If their group drug coverage ends, they must then obtain RAMQ prescription drug insurance to remain eligible under this policy.

Lifetime maximum

The amount we will reimburse for each insured person over the lifetime of this policy is limited to $250,000 in total for the following eligible expenses:

  • Drug,
  • Extended health,
  • Vision, and
  • Semi-private hospital room
Premiums and rates

Premiums

The premium is determined according to the age of each insured person and the province where they live. We have the right to change the premium as long as we give 45 days written notice.

Rates

Rates are not guaranteed. When your client moves into the next age band the premiums will increase at the next policy anniversary. We will review our pricing annually. If we need to increase our rates, your client's premiums would increase at their next anniversary. Other than these two situations only a major shift in health care expenses could cause us to increase a client's premiums.

Couple rates are charged on a per person basis - for example, if a man is over 65 and his spouse is under 65, they are charged the couple rate for their age band.

We do not offer discounts for multiple sales.

Grace period

A ten day grace period is allowed for premium payments. During the grace period, insurance remains in force and premiums continue to be payable. If the premium has not been paid by the end of the grace period, coverage ends. Any claims for expenses incurred after the policy has ended are not eligible for payment.

Current rates

the most recent rates, get a quote from our tool on www.sunlife.ca/MyFinancialPlan.

To calculate the premium for your family, use the applicable rates for the age of each insured.

If there are two adults in your family, use the couple rate for each adult's age instead of the single rate.

Child rates apply if your child is under 21 or under age 25 and attending school full time.

If your child is applying without an adult, the <44 single rates will apply.

To calculate an annual premium, multiply the monthly premium by 12.

This rate sheet is prepared for information purposes only and is not an offer to provide insurance. It does not form part of any policy that may be issued.

Policies may be issued up to age 74 and are renewable.

Policy changes

Adding an insured person

Child:

Your client may apply in writing to add a child as an insured person under this policy.

We will add newborn children without evidence if the client asks us to add them within 30 days of their birth.

Your client needs to contact us directly in one of these three ways to add a newborn child:

  • Complete and sign form Personal Health Insurance - Add family member (E323)
    . Fax to 1-866-487-4745.
  • Call the Customer Service Centre at 1-877-SUN LIFE (1-877-786-5433) (menu options 1,2,2 & 2).
  • Send a letter to Sun Life Financial c/o Personal Health Insurance Administration team (303E19), 227 King St S. Waterloo, Ontario N2J 4C5.

We need to know the newborn child's:

  • name
  • gender, and
  • birthdate

For any child the client asks us to add, we may require the client to prove the child's relationship to the client. We will also advise if they need to provide evidence of insurability for the child they want to add who is age 31 days or older.

The client may apply to add any child who is unmarried and entirely dependent on them for maintenance and support and is either born to them, adopted by them, or is a stepchild and is:

  1. under 21 years of age, or
  2. under 25 and attending college or university full time, or
  3. physically or mentally incapable of self-support and became incapable of self-support while entirely dependent on the client for maintenance and support while eligible under 1 or 2.

Other eligible persons:

The client may ask us to add a person to the list of insured persons. They must make this request in writing. The person must meet our eligibility requirements and give evidence of insurability satisfactory to us.

Removing an insured person

If the client asks us in writing, we will remove an insured person from this policy. This change takes effect on the date we receive the request or the next date we deem appropriate.

Right to cancel this policy

The client may cancel this policy at any time by sending a written request to the address shown at the beginning of the policy. We must receive a minimum of 10 days advance written notice of termination. We encourage the use of form Personal Health Insurance - terminating coverage with Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada (E118)
for faster service.
Sample policy pages

The following policy wording is provided solely for your convenience and reference. It is incomplete and reflects only some of the general provisions that may be found in some of our insurance policies. We periodically make changes to policy wording and therefore this incomplete sample may not duplicate the wording of any actual issued policy. It is not to be construed or interpreted in any manner as a contract or an offer to contract. The actual policy issued to any given client will govern that relationship.

Tax deductions for the self-employed

Self-employed people are allowed a deduction for business purposes of amounts paid for their own Health Coverage Choice premiums, provided the following provisions are met.

  1. They're actively engaged alone or as a partner in their business (i.e. unincorporated)
  2. Self-employment is their primary source of income in the current year or income from other sources does not exceed $10,000.
  3. Equivalent coverage is extended to all permanent full-time arm's length employees
  4. A plan that would qualify as a private health services plan is set up with an insurer or trustee in the business of operating such a plan where arm's length employees make up 50% or more of the employee group covered, there is no limit on the amount deductible.

Otherwise, the amount deductible is limited to $1,500 for the individual, $1,500 for their spouse and $750 for each child.

Arm's length employee

An arm's length employee is one that is not a family member and has no controlling interest in the business.

Q&A about tax deductions

1. If a self-employed person pays premiums for a spouse and children, are those deductible as well?

Yes, provided the conditions are met.

2. Can the premiums be included in the person's medical expense tax credit?

Where a tax deduction is claimed, no amount paid for premiums will be eligible for the medical expense tax credit.

Scenarios

Scenario 1:

After leaving her group benefit plan, Susan opens a restaurant with a partner, who is also her husband. They have 5 employees, 3 of which are her children. She has another 2 kids at home. The business is unincorporated.
She purchases the same Health Coverage Choice plan for herself ($950 in premium), her 2 kids at home and the 3 employees that are her children. For the other 2 employees, she purchases equivalent PHI coverage. Does she qualify for the tax deduction? If so, is there a maximum? What about for the kids at home?

Answer: Yes, Susan qualifies for the deduction subject to a maximum of $1,500 each for herself and her husband and $750 for each of her children.

Scenario 2:

Ken works part-time for a children's toy store as a clown. However, he is also self-employed with a picture-framing business (not incorporated). He made $20,000 in his day job, and $15,000 in his framing business. He has no employees. Is he eligible for the tax deduction?

Answer: No, Ken will not qualify since his income from other sources is in excess of $10,000.

Scenario 3:

Lisa owns an unincorporated landscaping company with 9 employees. She decides to purchase PHI for her employees and HCC for herself. She purchases the Basic PHI plan for her employees, and the Health Coverage Choice C plan with optional dental for herself, her spouse and her children. Are hers and her family's premiums tax deductible?

Answer: No, the premiums are not deductible since equivalent coverage is not provided for her employees.

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