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Do You Know What Drives Benefits Costs? – Benefits Canada Magazine

Benefits Costs
Posted on August 28th, 2013 by Karen Taylor Smith

Why are benefits costs going up so quickly? A recent article in Benefits Canada Magazine identifies a number of factors putting pressure on healthcare costs in Canada, with the net result that  “between 2010 and 2011, benefits costs escalated by an average of 6.2%, more than twice the rate of (…) [Read Full Article]

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Canada Day Photo Contest!

Canada Day Contest
Posted on June 25th, 2013 by Mike Ignatz

Canada is a vast, richly diverse nation that is home to a wide assortment of different people – united by our Canadian identity. We are Canadians, from Nunavut where we live in a beautiful expanse with breathtaking glaciers, to British Columbia where we experience the majestic wonder of the Rocky (…) [Read Full Article]

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Medical Coverage Length Extended for B.C. Vacationers

Posted on May 22nd, 2013 by Mike Ignatz

In British Columbia, residents could not travel outside of the province for longer than six months without losing their Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage. Recently, the Canadian Snowbird Association requested that the six month residency requirement be altered to allow for longer trips abroad, whether in Canada or to the (…) [Read Full Article]

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April 2nd is Employee Benefits Day!

Posted on April 2nd, 2013 by Mike Ignatz

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans has designated April 2nd as National Employee Benefits Day. Every year, Employee Benefits Day gives us all a chance to re-evaluate our employee benefit offerings, educate employees about their benefits, and celebrate everyone’s hard work throughout the year. This year, National Employee Benefits (…) [Read Full Article]

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The Many Ways to Share Benefits Plan Costs | Part Three | Annual Deductibles

Posted on March 21st, 2013 by Mike Ignatz

The third installment of our sharing benefits costs series is dedicated to annual deductibles. Previously in part one and two, we covered the advantages of payroll deduction and co-insurance, respectively. An annual deductible is a set amount that the employee is responsible to pay from their first claim of the (…) [Read Full Article]

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March is Fraud Prevention Month

Posted on March 7th, 2013 by Mike Ignatz

The Canadian government is promoting March as Fraud Prevention Month, encouraging the public to learn how to recognize and report fraud in order to help stop it. “Recognize it. Report it. Stop it.” is both a slogan and a call to action for people to take fraud prevention into their (…) [Read Full Article]

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The Many Ways to Share Benefits Plan Costs | Part Two | Co-Insurance

Posted on February 21st, 2013 by Karen Taylor Smith

In our last blog we provided some insight into payroll deduction, and how it can be advantageous to employers who want to minimize benefits plan costs by sharing with employees. Today, we are addressing the topic of co-insurance. With co-insurance, the claimant and the benefits plan share the costs associated (…) [Read Full Article]

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Avoid ‘Submit it and See’ Benefits Fraud – Canadian HR Reporter

HR Reporter Article
Posted on May 4th, 2012 by Mike Ignatz

Download PDF of Avoid ‘Submit it and See’ Benefits Fraud  Education, strategic plan design can help build fraud-deterring environment BY ROBERT CROWDER Much has been written about benefits fraud and its impact on skyrocketing premiums. Whether claims for benefits are submitted manually or online, most fraud prevention measures rely on (…) [Read Full Article]

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Happy Canada Day!

Canada Day
Posted on June 28th, 2011 by Mike Ignatz

We live in a country where opportunities for travel abound. This might take the form of day trips to a local park; road trips across our many provinces and territories; or trips to destinations around the world. Travel can be an adventure and a learning experience. As Canadians, we feel (…) [Read Full Article]

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