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 File this item under very cool! Sun Life just announced the launch of their free smartphone app that will allow employee benefits plan members submit health and dental claims from their phone. The app will also allow members to check their claims, and access their plan cards. This is a first for a group benefits insurer in Canada.

Hopefully other insurers follow suit. The Sun Life app launches September 7th, and will be available for Blackberry and iPhone users.

For more information click here.

For the first half of 2011, the average dispensing fee in BC is $9.95. Here are the current dispensing fees for a variety of pharmacies in BC in order of most cost effective to least:

COSTCO $4.46 



ZELLERS $9.54 



MEDITRUST (mail order) $9.59 

LOBLAWS $9.60 



WAL MART $9.63 





PEOPLES $10.58 



A couple of updates from Alberta Health Care and BC Pharmacare:

  • Alberta - Effective October 2011 – Medically necessary treatments for eye-related diseases (i.e., glaucoma, diabetes mellitus, cataracts, etc.) will be covered for all Albertans regardless of age, under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan.


  • BC - Effective July 4, 2011 – Prices for all new and existing generic drugs covered under the Lowest Cost Alternative (LCA) drug program were reduced to 40 per cent of the brand drug. Dispensing fees are now $10 with a markup of 8 per cent.
  • Effective September 30, 2011 – Nicotine replacement therapies will be available to all British Columbian smokers at no cost, and smoking cessation prescription drugs will be covered as benefits for British Columbians who are registered with PharmaCare.

ROE Web is a free service provided by Service Canada which allows Record of Employment production and management online. 

With ROE Web, you can issue one or hundreds of ROEs online at the touch of a button. This service ensures accuracy by checking for errors before submission, reducing follow-up calls from Service Canada. It's also great for reducing your paper burden by eliminating the need to order or store paper ROE forms, keep paper copies on file, or send copies to Service Canada.

 For additional information access the website or call 1-800-385-5470.

The Employment Insurance (EI) maximum yearly insurable earnings increased from $43,200 to $44,200 effective January 1st, 2011. As a result, the maximum weekly EI benefit amount will rise from $457 to $468.

The EI Premium Reduction Program allows employers to pay Employment Insurance premiums at a reduced rate if their employees are covered by a Short Term Disability plan that meets certain requirements set by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).

To be considered for a premium reduction, a plan that provides Short Term Disability benefits to employees must:

• provide at least 15 weeks of benefits for Short Term Disability

• match or exceed the level of benefits provided under EI ($468 effective January 1, 2011)

• pay benefits to employees within 14 days of illness or injury

• be accessible to employees within three months of hiring

• cover employees on a 24‐hour‐a‐day basis

For additional information on the premium reduction program you can visit:

Good news: BC's Ministry of Health Services, the BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) and the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores (CACDS) have negotiated a new Pharmacy Services Agreement that is now in effect. Although the agreement is not binding on individual pharmacies, it is expected that the majority will comply.

This is good news because employee benefits plan sponsors will benefit from the savings on lower cost generics on the BC PharmaCare formulary. The expected savings between October 15, 2010 and July 3, 2011 is estimated to be 3.7% of drug costs. Savings will vary significantly by plan depending on the coverage design and employee demographics.

As of Oct. 15th, 2010, new generic drugs will be priced at 42% of brand name, and existing generics will be priced at 50% of brand name. Starting in July 2011, all generics will move to 40%, and in April 2012, they will be even further reduced to 35% of brand name! 

In a move to appease pharmacies, dispensing fees will be rising slightly during the upcoming two years. Some benefits plans are designed to have a dispensing fee deductible, so the changes will not impact potential savings.

For more information, please feel free to call our office at 604.872.2866.

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